Butterfly (live from Glyndebourne)
Madama Butterfly is a classic
love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in
the intensity of its action.
When an innocent young Geisha meets an
American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her
family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant
Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to
abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising
Bursting with exotic colour and memorable
melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the
heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and
orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.
Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful,
provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’, Annilese
Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting
brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that
this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings,
including the hit musical Miss Saigon.
‘The emotional impact of the piece is
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.