East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance.
Madama Butterfly makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production.
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.
A tragic love story
Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Compressing ‘great grief into small souls’, as the composer himself described it, 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. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.
Puccini’s opera makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production that updates the original turn-of-the-century setting to the 1950s, confronting the darker political and emotional currents of a work that acknowledges that there are some barriers too great for even love to conquer.
A revival of the Tour 2016 production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Important dates for Festival 2018
Friday 1 December 2017
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Festival Society Members
Monday 15 January 2018
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Associate Members
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Under 30s
Sunday 4 March 2018
Public booking opens at 6.00pm
Saturday 19 May 2018
Festival 2018 opens
Madama Butterfly is supported by Christopher
Cast and creative team
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Movement Director Kally Lloyd Jones
Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
Sharpless Michael Sumuel
Goro Carlo Bosi / François Piolino
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Shadric Toop painted collage original photography Clive Barda