The Russian State Opera presents Madama Butterfly
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians.
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most colourful and exotic operas.
This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini and his librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa to write some of his most sublime and moving music.
Set in Japan at the turn of the century 19th/20th century, Madama Butterfly is among the most vibrant, and, ultimately, tragic of all operas. From its theme of noble self-sacrifice comes the most heart-rending melodies.
Based on a true story, it tells of a Japanese geisha girl who had a son following an arranged ‘marriage’ to a visiting American naval officer who, when duty called, deserted her, leaving her heartbroken.
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- Sunday 30 January
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Here are the most frequently asked questions (and our answers) about the show, but if you have a question not covered here, please do feel free to make contact with the Box Office who will be happy to help.
How long is the show?
The show has two acts with a 20 minutes interval. The first act is 45 minutes and the second is 60 minutes. Making the show just over two and a half hours, including the interval. The approximate finish time will be 10.05pm.
Is this a live show or a film?
The whole performance will happen live here on the Princes Hall stage. The show features an impressive cast of 45 opera artists, accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians.
What are surtitles, don't you mean subtitles?
Yes, we do mean surtitles. Subtitles are captions displayed at the bottom of a cinema or television screen during a film or programme. Surtitles are captions projected on a screen above or next to the stage in an opera, translating the text being sung.
Will the cast sing in English?
No, Madama Butterfly was written in Italian, and will be sung in the same language. The informative programme makes the production very accessible and most of all, enjoyable. The English surtitles make it easy to follow the story as you listen to the performance sung in its original language.
I've never been to a opera before, will I know what's going on?
If you've never tried opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with fantastic colourful costumes, exquisite singing and the wonderful tunes that the audience will still be humming on their way home, making this a must-see opera production for everyone.