Royal Opera

Madama Butterfly

In Cinemas 22, 23 & 26 Oct 2022
Conductor
Nicola Luisotti
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Cast
Maria Agresta (Cio-Cio San), Joshua Guerrero (Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton), Carlos Álvarez (Sharpless), Christine Rice (Suzuki), Carlo Bosi (Goro)
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
Director
Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Set Design
Christian Fenouillat
Duration
Approx. 2h45 including interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London, 27 Sep 2022
Official Event Listing

Opera in three acts (1904)

Set in 19th-century Japan, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production of Puccini's poignant opera tells the tale of a geisha who falls in love with an American soldier – and pays the ultimate price.

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life’... On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by US Lieutenant Pinkerton (fast-rising tenor Joshua Guerrero) to young Cio-Cio-San (superb soprano Maria Agresta). But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a timeless score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Nicola Luisotti conducts.