MADAM BUTTERFLY, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece of doomed love and tragic passion, will play a limited run at the Royal Albert Hall, beginning on 26 February 2015. David Freeman will direct, reviving his Japanese water garden production, designed by David Roger.
The opera will be sung in English, using the acclaimed translation by Amanda Holden. The cast will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Gooch.
The role of the young Japanese bride, Cio Cio San will be shared by Nam-Young Kim, Hyeseoung Kwon and Myung-Joo Lee, opposite Jeffrey Gwaltney, James Edwards and Mario Sofroniou in the role of American naval lieutenant, Pinkerton. Sabina Kim, Catherine Hopper and Marcia Bellamy, and will play Suzuki, with David Kempster, Wyn Pencarreg and James Cleverton as Sharpless.
The role of The Bonze will be played by Michael Druiett. Julius Ahn will play Goro with Seungwook Seong as Yamadori, Lise Christensen as Kate Pinkerton, Freddie Tong as Imperial Commissioner and Richard Suart as the Registrar.
No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of MADAM BUTTERFLY. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, this tale of the doomed loved of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.
From the magnificent love duet which closes the first act to Butterfly’s celebrated solo One Fine Day, Puccini’s ravishing score skilfully weaves together the differences in attitudes and styles of East and West. The production follows the unfolding action where passion and hope collide with despair and ultimate tragedy.
Staged in-the-round, this production transforms the iconic Royal Albert Hall into Japan in 1907. Once more the floor of the Royal Albert Hall will be flooded to create David Roger’s stunning design where Madam Butterfly’s house is perched on stilts above the shimmering surface of a traditional Japanese water garden.
By Giacomo Puccini
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Thursday 26 February – Sunday 15 March 2015
David Freeman director
Oliver Gooch musical director
David Roger set design
Andrew Bridge lighting design
Bobby Aitken sound design
Amanda Holden English translation
Phone 020 7838 3100
Booking fees apply except to personal visitors at the Box Office.
Tickets from £24.43 inclusive of booking fees
Group rates for 10+ are also available on Tuesday – Thursday performances, please contact the Box Office for details
Mid-week matinee – Thursday 5th March
Audio-described matinee performance– Saturday 14th March
Thursday 2nd October 2014