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Madama Butterfly

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Leeds Grand TheatreLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 6NZ, United Kingdom
January 19, 28 16:00, 31, February 16, 20, 24, 28 (at 19:30 unless shown)
Opera North
Martin PickardConductor
Tim AlberyDirector
Hildegard BechtlerSet Designer
Ana JebensCostume Designer
Anne-Sophie DuprelsSopranoCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
Merūnas VitulskisTenorPinkerton
Peter SavidgeBaritoneSharpless
Ann TaylorMezzo-sopranoSuzuki
Dean RobinsonBassThe Bonze
Christopher NairneBaritonePrince Yamadori
Joseph ShoveltonTenorGoro
Katie BirdSopranoKate Pinkerton
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North

A tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. 

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. 

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.

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