Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw
Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Brought to life through a cast of very human characters, this hugely atmospheric production lays bare a poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.
Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Butterfly sees Puccini doing what he does best – writing beautiful music that is dramatic and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.
Conductor Marco Guidarini
Original Director Sir David McVicar
Revival Director Elaine Kidd
Designer Yannis Thavoris
Original Lighting Paule Constable
Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson
Movement Director Namiko Gahier-Ogawa.
Cio-Cio-San Hye-Youn Lee/Anne Sophie Duprels
Suzuki Hanna Hipp
Pinkerton José Ferrero
Sharpless Christopher Purves/Marcin Bronikowski
Goro Adrian Thompson
The Bonze Jonathan May
Kate Pinkerton Catrin Aur
Prince Yamadori Andrew McTaggart#
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Saturday 14 June, 7.30pm
Friday 13 June
Absolutely sensational. Very moving, reduced to tears. The lead on Thursday was amazing. So pleased to have seen and experienced it.