Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

195 minutes
When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion ? with tragic consequences.
With a score that includes Butterfly?s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (?One fine day?) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini?s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier?s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan. Asmik Grigorian performs the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.