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MADAMA BUTTERFLY (MET 2019)
Metropolitan Opera Cinema Season MADAMA BUTTERFLY (MET 2019) Saturday 9 November 5:55PM
Monday 11 November 7:00PM
  • Director: Carolyn Choa
  • Language: Italian with English subtitles
  • Producer: Anthony Minghella
  • Runtime: 3hrs 12mins, including 2 intervals
  • Screening: LIVE and ENCORE
  • Tickets: £17.00, Conc. £15.00 incl. 50p cmsn
  • Venue: THEATRE OR STUDIO
  • With: Hui He, Andrea Carè, Plácido Domingo

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This stunning beautiful Puccini opera takes place in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki at the turn of the last century, at a time of expanding American international presence. Japan was hesitantly defining its global role, and Nagasaki was one of the country’s few ports open to foreign ships. Temporary marriages for foreign sailors were not unusual.

Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha Cio-Cio-San - Madama Butterfly - with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, the American Consul, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is conducting Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favourite.

Puccini achieved a new level of sophistication with his use of the orchestra in this score, but the opera rests squarely on the performer of the title role: Cio-Cio-San conveys an astounding array of emotions and characteristics, from ethereal to fleshly to intelligent to dreamy-bordering-on-insane.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera
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