Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action.

When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.

Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

Praised by critics as a thoughtful, provocative staging and a scathing study of exploitation, Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.

Running Time:

3 hours and 30 minutes tbc

Prices:

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BBFC Consumer Advice:

This ‘As Live’ certificate has been provided for cinema exhibition on the basis of information provided by the distributor and without the material being viewed prior to exhibition.

PLEASE NOTE this performance starts promptly at the advertised time.

Dates & Times:

Glyndebourne: Madama Butterfly – Live
21st June 2018
6:30 pm