Royal Opera House

Madama Butterfly; Royal Opera House; Until 18th July; From £49

When young Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San marries American naval officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she dreams of a future with her new husband, only to learn that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion — one with tragic consequences.

With its exquisite score, Giacomo Puccini’s poignant 1904 opera is as beautiful as it is shattering. Drawing inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production stars Asmik Grigorian and Hrachuhí Bassénz, who share the title role, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.

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