Royal Opera

Madama Butterfly

In Cinemas 28, 29 & 30 Apr & 3 May 2017
Antonio Pappano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San), Marcelo Puente (Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton), Scott Hendricks (Sharpless), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Carlo Bosi (Goro), Jeremy White (Bonze), Emily Edmonds (Kate Pinkerton), Gyula Nagy (Imperial Commissioner), Yuriy Yurchuk (Prince Yamadori)
Giacomo Puccini
Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
Set Design
Christian Fenouillat
3h incl. interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 30 Mar 2017
Official Event Listing
  • Bored with the idea of seeing yet another Butterfly performance? Think again. You will be in for a treat. A roller coaster of emotions bursts from the screen and grabs your attention, supported by outstanding singing and conducting.
    Howard Shepherdson, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
    Ermonela Jaho gives an emotionally shattering performance. The combination of her fragility with the burning lava flow of orchestral sound that Pappano gets in Puccini is overwhelming. This Butterfly takes wing.
    Richard Fairman, THE FINANCIAL TIMES
    The whole evening is outstanding. A superb achievement, with Ermonela Jaho bringing uncompromising veracity to the title role.
    Tim Ashley, THE GUARDIAN

Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts an impressive cast led by much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho in Puccini’s ravishing, deeply poignant opera.

An intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production is set in exotic Nagasaki. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by callous US naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride Cio-Cio-San (Jaho in the title role at Covent Garden for the first time). 

Screening at all locations, excl. State & Riverside.