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Puccini's tragic love story tells of Butterfly, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America: Butterfly gives birth to a son and patiently awaits her husband's return, never giving up hope. Hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as 'the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London', Anthony Minghella's award-winning Madam Butterfly returns to ENO. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Anthony Minghella's sole opera production has developed into one of the most iconic stagings of the 21st century. Madam Butterfly sees internationally renowned sopranos Dina Kuznetsova and Mary Plazas (Minghella's original Butterfly) sharing the title role, alongside Welsh tenors Timothy Richards and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton, Pamela Helen Stephen as Suzuki, and ENO Harewood Artist George von Bergen as Sharpless. Co-produced by ENO with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Lithuanian National Opera.
MADAM BUTTERFLY Booking Period: 16 May - 7 July 2016 Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes