Butterfly is among the most heart-wrenching of all operas, yet it also possesses some of the most colourful and exhilarating music.
Set in early twentieth-century Japan, it traces the fate of the fifteen-year
old Cio-Cio San, married by the opportunistic American soldier Pinkerton and
then abandoned. Consumed by passion, she waits three years for his return. When
he finally comes back, there are tragic consequences.
Intrigued by the English National Opera 2015/16 season?
As part of the English National Opera 2015/16 season, Madam Butterfly will return to the London Coliseum for seventeen performances. This version,
conceived by playwright and film director Anthony
Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley),
was heralded on first performance as “the most beautiful show of the year” (Sunday Telegraph) and received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera
Production. It mixes cinematic boldness and ravishing couture with the
traditions of Japanese theatre, with fine puppetry and kinetic dancing. While
some directors turn Puccini’s masterwork into a kitsch melodrama, Minghella’s
rendition is fleet, sleek and emotionally pointed.
This revival is steered by director Sarah Tipple, with Sir Richard Armstrong holding the baton. The American soprano Rena Harms will return to the ENO for
her role debut as Cio-Cio, She will be paired with English baritone David
Butt Philip as Pinkerton. Though the jury are out on this promising cast,
Minghella’s glamourous design will without doubt make it an enchanting evening.
|What||Madam Butterfly, London Coliseum|
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|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
16 May 16 – 07 Jun 16, 7:30 PM – 10:20 PM
|Website||Click Here to book via the English National Opera|