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The rich colours and romantic exoticism of the 19th-century European image of Japan provide the ravishing backdrop for Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's production of Madama Butterfly, Puccini's perennial favourite. This powerful opera of agony and ecstasy, love and loss was inspired by true stories from turn of the century Japan and boasts a score so sensual and passionate, that the music is only matched in intensity by Butterfly's final agony.

East clashes with West to dire effect as Cio-Cio-San, the beautiful young Geisha bride of the dashing American officer Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her to find a wife in America. Although she lives in hope that one day he will return, increasing isolation and his final cruel revelation plunge her into tragic despair while her faithful maid Suzuki and the American consul Sharpless can only look on, helpless.

This performance is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Running Time
2 hours 50 minutes

Royal Opera House
Bow Street
Covent Garden

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Nearest Rail: Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 11, 88, 168, 176
Parking: NCP at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. There are 4 spaces for orange badge holders on Bow Street and 3 on Floral Street.

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users. There are spaces for wheelchair users and transfer seating is available.

A Brahler infra-red assisted-hearing facility is available in the main auditorium and the Linbury Studio Theatre. Collect headsets from the cloakroom in the main foyer.

Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium and staff are available to dog sit if required.

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