Madam Butterfly

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For another chance to see this Olivier Award winning production don’t miss Madam Butterfly tickets

Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production of Madam Butterfly makes a return to the London Coliseum in February 2020. This celebrated production of Puccini’s opera includes a staging which combines cinematic images with traditional Japanese theatre.

Based on a short story by John Luther Long, Puccini’s Madam Butterfly received its premiere in Milan in February 1904. Despite its cast of talented and notable singers, the opera received poor reviews, perhaps due to the lack of rehearsals as Puccini completed the full score rather late. However, after various revisions and reworkings, the opera was performed again in May 1904 to success. The opera is the basis for the acclaimed musical Miss Saigon.

A story of unrequited love, Madam Butterfly sees a young Japanese girl, Cio-Cio Sian, fall in love with an American naval officer, Pinkerton. Unfortunately, Pinkerton goes back to the US before the birth of their son, which leaves Cio-Cio Sian waiting for his return.

After her acclaimed performance as Mimi in La bohème, Natalya Romaniw returns to sing the title role. She is joined by Dimitri Pittas and Adam Smith who share the role of Pinkerton. Olivier Award-nominated Roderick Williams sings the role of Sharpless, and Stephanie Windso-Lewis returns as Suzuki.

This Olivier Award-winning production was originally directed by the late Anthony Minghella, who is known for his work across film, television, and stage. His plays include Made in Bangkok and Cigarettes and Chocolate. This revival will be conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

As electrifying as the first time, this award-winning production of Madam Butterfly is not to be missed. Catch it at the London Coliseum from February 26th 2020.

Child Friendly

Some material in Madam Butterfly may be unsuitable for young children.