Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly is at Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 14th March 2024 at 19:30.
Senbla presents Opera International’s award-winning Ellen Kent and the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv production, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
Why go and see it?
WINNER ‘BEST OPERA AWARD’ Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards
Back by overwhelming public demand, this award-winning Opera returns in a new production with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results.
Above all it was a production which captured the raw emotion at the centre of the opera. Don’t take a handkerchief with you, take a box of them. – THE INDEPENDENT
Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
*Cast subject to change.
Book tickets for Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly at Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 14th March 2024 at 19:30.
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Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes incl. interval
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Madama Butterfly, composed by Giacomo Puccini, is an opera that continues to enthrall audiences with its profound storyline and timeless music. Set in early 20th-century Japan, the opera immerses viewers in the emotional journey of Butterfly, a devoted geisha, and her ill-fated love for Pinkerton, an American naval officer.
Puccini’s masterful score weaves a tapestry of emotions, capturing the essence of Butterfly’s unwavering devotion and the complexities of her relationship with Pinkerton. The opera unfolds with the exquisitely poignant aria “Un bel dì vedremo,” where Butterfly dreams of Pinkerton’s return and envisions a future filled with hope and love.
The story delves into themes of love, sacrifice, and cultural clashes, exploring the collision between Eastern and Western values. Butterfly’s steadfast commitment to Pinkerton contrasts sharply with his temporary affections, resulting in a tragic clash of expectations. When Pinkerton returns to Japan with his American wife, Butterfly’s dreams shatter, leading to a heart-rending climax that resonates deeply with audiences.
Throughout the opera, Puccini’s music evokes a range of emotions, from tenderness to heartache, as the characters navigate the complexities of their relationships. The iconic “Humming Chorus” serves as a haunting backdrop to Butterfly’s unwavering resolve and her unwavering belief in Pinkerton’s eventual return.
Madama Butterfly endures as a timeless masterpiece due to its compelling narrative and the emotional impact of its music. The opera invites reflection on the nature of love, the consequences of misplaced trust, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of heartbreak. It serves as a poignant reminder of the universal themes that transcend time and culture.
Whether experiencing it for the first time or revisiting its emotional depths, Madama Butterfly continues to leave a lasting impression on audiences worldwide. With its profound story and Puccini’s sublime melodies, the opera offers a truly transformative and unforgettable theatrical experience.