About the showAnthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Madam Butterfly returns to the London Coliseum as part of ENO's latest season. Puccini's stunning score combines with traditional Japanese theatre, cinematic visuals and puppetry by Blind Summit. The production runs from 26 February 2020.
The piece was written by Giacomo Puccini and features an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Based on the 1898 short story "Madame Butterfly" by John Luther Long, the opera has been performed countless times around the globe.
A young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio-San falls in love with U.S naval officer Pinkerton. The pair get married, but Pinkerton leaves his pregnant wife and heads back to America. Their son is born shortly after, and Cio-Cio-San waits in hopeless devotion for her husband's return.
Natalya Romaniw (La Bohème) is Madam Butterfly, playing the role for the first time in London. The part of Pinkerton is shared between tenors Dimitri Pittas and Adam Smith. Sharpless is performed by the Olivier Award-nominated baritone Roderick Williams, while mezzo Stephanie Windsor-Lewis returns to the role of Suzuki.
Anthony Minghella's Madam Butterfly earned him an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production in 2006. He was also highly decorated for his film work over the course of his lifetime.
The conductor is ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins; some performances are conducted by Martin Fitzpatrick. Carolyn Choa is Associate Director and Choreographer, David John is Revival Choreographer and Glen Sheppard is Revival Director. Set design comes from Michael Levine, costume design is the work of Han Feng and lighting design is by Peter Mumford. Puppetry is courtesy of pioneering company Blind Summit. David Parry is the show's translator.
A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the Lithuanian National Opera, Madam Butterfly is a piece of heartbreaking beauty. Catch it at the London Coliseum from 26 February 2020.
Who Should See It?Lovers of Puccini’s works should make haste to secure Madam Butterfly tickets; Minghella’s revival is an Olivier Award-winning must-see. Those new to opera will find the production a perfect introduction to the genre.