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Wednesday 27 June - 6.30pm

Glyndebourne presents

Madama Butterfly

Recorded live on 21 June

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 sacrifice.

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 devastating.’★★★★ Stage

Creative team:
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Nicky Shaw

Cast includes:
Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £10.50
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Cert: 12A as live
Running time 210 mins approx

Sung in Italian with English subtitles