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Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

The Italian composer Giacomo Puccini is one of the most-performed opera composers. He had an infallible theatre instinct, a feeling for the appeal of individual scenes and a sense of the overall story.

His fondness of exotic countries gave life to an opera about a Japanese Geisha Ciocio-san whom American officer Pinkerton marries just for flirt. After the wedding, he goes back to America to live his life and forgets about the Japanese Geisha. Only when the Consul Sharpless informs him that Ciocio-san lives in poverty with his son, faithful to her husband, Pinkerton comes to take his child away.

Ciocio-san has only one thing left: to die. Puccini managed to create in Madama Butterfly a stage-effective opera full of impressive melodies that is, along La Bohema and Tosca, the composer's most performed work.

Premiere on 21 January 2017 at the New Theatre.

Tobacco products are used in the performance.