5 July 2011 at 1.02pm | Comment on this article
Did you come along to the BP Big Screening of Madama Butterfly last night? The Puccini opera was broadcast live to five screens around London (Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf, Hammersmith, Walthamstow and Woolwich) and 15 around the UK (Aberdeen, Bradford, Bristol, Derby, Dover, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea and Swindon).
The weather was suitably balmy for a delicious evening of free music and drama. Thousands of people across the country settled down to watch Butterfly and Pinkerton’s tragic story veer to its devastating conclusion. Andris Nelsons conducted, and Kristina Opolais was in fine voice as Butterfly, to James Valenti’s dashing Pinkerton.
As the sun set, there were tears, snuffles and rousing applause at the 20 giant monitors across the country: from Duthie Park in Aberdeen to the Piazza in Plymouth. Save for the occasional squawk of a flying seagull, or sound of a teenage skateboarder, the audience was rapt and the atmosphere elated.
Here’s a quick roundup of tweets and phone pics sent in by audience members on the night (click on the photos to enlarge).
ps: save the date - 13 July, Cinderella, Massenet's opera, the last Big Screen of the summer.
A special thanks to Neil Gillespie, of the ROH Chorus, for sending in some expert pics.
Pick of the tweets
chrissieranson Look out! The Bonze!!
cintmint OMG just spent final two acts of MB sobbing while the lions of Trafalgar sq silently witnessed my, and B's devastation
tomcnelson Beautiful sunset in Ipswich as Butterfly soars over the crowd of 2000.
xxmarypoppinsxx HAVE BEEN ORDERED BY MUM 2 ASK U 2 SAY HELLO TO SWANSEA U3A WHO R HUMMING IN CASTLE SQUARE! lol
HankOrt Late tweet (low batt) - Mme Butterfly in Trafalgar Square: great atmosphere, great theatre. Nelson would have approved
nathromeu Mr Consul has the most wonderful voice!
clivevpotter watching madam butterfly in duthie park
lara_croft70having a ball at Derby. Fantastic atmosphere. X
3become1 Mesmerising duet and arias
ladypaperclip Pinkerton is such a loser omg.
richardwiegold: how great to hear a big voiced Butterfly! And WITH the Dflat!