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Madama ButterflyNew production

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Glyndebourne Opera HouseGlyndebourne, South-East, BN8 5UU, United Kingdom
May 19 17:10, May 23 17:10, May 26 17:10, May 31 17:10, June 03 16:35, June 06 17:10, June 09 17:10, June 14 17:10, June 17 16:35, June 21 17:10, June 24 16:35, June 28 17:10, July 01 16:35, July 05 17:10, July 08 16:35, July 12 17:10, July 18 17:10
Festival: Glyndebourne
Performers
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Omer Meir WellberConductorMay 19, 23, 26, 31, Jun 03, 06, 09, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, Jul 01, 05, 08, 18
Benjamin GlassbergConductorJul 12
Annilese MiskimmonDirector
Nicky ShawSet Designer, Costume Designer
Olga BusuiocSopranoCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
Joshua GuerreroTenorPinkerton
Michael SumuelBaritoneSharpless
Elizabeth DeShongMezzo-sopranoSuzuki
Carlo BosiTenorGoroMay 19, 23, 26, 31, Jun 03, 06, 09, 17, 21, 24
François PiolinoTenorGoroJun 14, 28, Jul 01, 05, 08, 12, 18
Simon MechlinskiBaritonePrince Yamadori
Oleg BudaratskiyBassThe Bonze
Ida RänzlövMezzo-sopranoKate Pinkerton
Eirlys Myfanwy DaviesMezzo-sopranoCio-Cio-san's mother
Jennifer WittonSopranoThe cousin
Shuna Scott SendallSopranoThe aunt
Jake MuffettBaritoneThe Official Registrar
Michael MofidianBass-baritoneThe Imperial Commissioner
Adam MarsdenBassYakuside
Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance.

Madama Butterfly makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production.

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.

A tragic love story

Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Compressing ‘great grief into small souls’, as the composer himself described it, 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. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

Puccini’s opera makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production that updates the original turn-of-the-century setting to the 1950s, confronting the darker political and emotional currents of a work that acknowledges that there are some barriers too great for even love to conquer.

A revival of the Tour 2016 production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
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