Madam Butterfly

RUNNING TIME
2hr. 50min.
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Running time: approx. 2hrs 50mins inclu. one interval.

NEWS AND REVIEWS

Madama Butterfly (Royal Opera House) - 'a tainted relationship' - 22 Mar 2015

Brian Jagde, Covent Garden's Pinkerton - 'fresh off the boat' - 17 Mar 2015

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