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ROH Live: Madama Butterfly

Tuesday 27th Sep 2022, Corn Exchange Auditorium

Full Price £15.50 / Concessions Price £13.50

  • Two women dressed as geisha's stood on a stage

Set in 19th-century Japan, Puccini's heart-rending opera tells the tale of Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer – and pays the ultimate price.

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.

Duration: 3 hours 10 mins (including interval)

Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier

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Sung in Italian with English subtitles

APPROXIMATE TIMINGS

PRE-SHOW 15 minutes
ACT I 55 minutes
INTERVAL (including Interval Feature)25 minutes
ACT II AND ACT III 90 minutes

CURTAIN CALL 10 minutes

Cast

Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton JOSHUA GUERRERO
Goro CARLO BOSISuzuki CHRISTINE RICE
Sharpless CARLOS ÁLVAREZ
Cio-Cio-San MARIA AGRESTA
Imperial Commissioner DAWID KIMBERG
Official Registrar LEE HICKENBOTTOM
Cio-Cio-San’s Mother ERYL ROYLE
Uncle YakusidéANDREW O’CONNORCousin AMY CATT
Aunt ELIZABETH WEISBERG
Bonze JEREMY WHITE
Dolore LEO STOKKLAND-BAKER
Prince Yamadori JOSEF JEONGMEEN AHN*
Kate Pinkerton GABRIELĖ KUPŠYTĖ*

Actors BAO TIEU, JOHN KAMAU

Cio-Cio-San’s relations, friends and servants

*Members of the Jette Parker Artists Programme