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Madama Butterfly

Author(s): Music Giacomo Puccini, libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Company: The Royal Opera
Running time: 2h 45min approx

"Love cannot kill: it brings new life."

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American soldier Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, "Un bel dì, vedremo" ("One fine day") and the "Humming Chorus". Maria Agresta and Lianna Haroutounian share the title role in this revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production, inspired by 19th-century European images of Japan. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti.