Madama Butterfly opera to hit cinemas

Thursday 30 March will see Puccini’s heart-breaking opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’, screened live to Royal Opera House cinemas around the world. The opera compromises a story of love, longing and betrayal.

The world-famous opera has been the inspiration for many Hollywood films as well as ‘Miss Saigon’, the West End smash-hit.

The opera follows a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San and her arranged marriage to an American naval officer. Cio-Cio-San hopes for a loving and lasting marriage but soon realises she has been betrayed. Fatal consequences soon follow.

The moving performance will be led by Royal Opera Music Director, Antonio Pappano.

It will feature a breath-taking arias, the infamous ‘Flower Duet’ and moving ‘Humming Chorus’. Puccini’s score captures the emotions of Cio-Cio-San’s unbridled happiness and hope. The musical score also encompasses her pain as she succumbs to her fate.

The sensational Albanian singer, Ermonela Jaho will star as Madama Butterfly, the defining soprano role. Marcelo Puente will star along opposite her, as Lieutenant B.F Pinkerton.

The 30 March screening will take place at 7.15pm at Royal Opera House cinemas, with an encore on Sunday 2 April at 2pm.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Emma Phillips 

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