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Watch: Insights into the music, history and staging of Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho discusses her upcoming role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s beautiful opera.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 March 2017 at 9.35am | 3 Comments

A ROH Insights event exploring Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's Royal Opera production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was livestreamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on 14 March 2017. It is now available to watch on-demand.

The event, hosted by Head Staff Director at Royal Opera House Amy Lane, offered an in-depth look at Puccini’s heartbreaking opera and its history on stage at Covent Garden.

Lane was joined by the star of this year’s revival, Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho. Jaho sings the role of the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, who finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage.

In addition, journalist Lesley Downer offered a closer look at Japan in the 19th century and the role of the Sadayakko, also known as a Japanese geisha or dancer.

The Insights event also included several performance excerpts including the opera’s famous flower duet and 'Un bel di vedremo'.

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Madama Butterfly runs 20 March–25 April 2017. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Spindrift Al Swaidi, Mrs Philip Kan and The Maestro's Circle.

Madama Butterfly will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 30 March 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

This article has 3 comments

  1. Christine Loy responded on 14 March 2017 at 8:32pm Reply

    Loved the Scottish production. Made you have sympathy for Cho Cho San as a woman. Perhaps too realistic for the rarified tastes of London!

  2. William hughes responded on 5 April 2017 at 12:23pm Reply

    Not true of one living in North Wales
    who lives Puccini every day. Your comment assumes far too much if it is to be taken seriously!

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