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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 inc 2 intervals
  • Screening: LIVE and ENCORE
  • Tickets: £17.00, Conc. £15.00 incl. 50p cmsn
  • Venue: THEATRE OR STUDIO
  • With: Hui He, Ana María Martínez, Elizabeth DeShong, MaryAnn McCormick, Maria Zifchak, Piero Pretti, Andrea Care, Paulo Szot, Plácido Domingo, Markus Bruck

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Leading sopranos Hui He and Ana María Martínez share the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, alternating with Paulo Szot and Markus Brück. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite.

The 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.
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