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ROH: Madama Butterfly (Opera) (12A)

ROH: Madama Butterfly (Opera)

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’


On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American soldier 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.


In the 2021/22 Season, Dinara Alieva and Lianna Haroutounian share the title role, with Dan Ettinger conducting. In the 22/23 season, Maria Agresta and Lianna Haroutounian share the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Nicola Luisotti conducting.


Sung in Italian with English subtitles

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Tuesday 27 Sep 202219:15
Sunday 2 Oct 202214:00