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Release date: 27 September 2022
Running time: 190 minutes
‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’ On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences. With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.
Original title: ROH 2022 Live Opera : Madama Butterfly
Cast: Christine Rice, Maria Agresta, Carlos Álvarez, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Joshua Guerrero, Carlo Bosi
Director: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier
Age restrictions: 12A