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.
Original production supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw. Revival supported by the Friends of ENO
Sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs
Signed performance 13 Nov.
F.B. Pinkerton Timothy Richards / Gwyn Hughes Jones (21 Nov, 29 Nov)
Sharpless George von Bergen
Suzuki Pamela Helen Stephen
Goro Alun Rhys-Jenkins
The Bonze Mark Richardson
Prince Yamadori Alexander Robin Baker
Kate Pinkerton Catherine Young
Original Director Anthony Minghella
Original Associate Director & Choreographer Carolyn Choa
Revival Director Sarah Tipple
Set Designer Michael Levine
Costume Designer Han Feng
Original Lighting Designer Peter Mumford
Revival Choreographer Anita Griffin
Puppetry Blind Summit
Translator David Parry