Giacomo Puccini’s celebrated Madam Butterfly will be making a welcomed return to the world famous Royal Albert Hall’s stage this year, in what is a highly anticipated production.
While the opera premiered in Milan in 1904, it is still keeping audiences captivated over 110 years later and having originally been written in two parts, is now performed in three.
The heart-wrenching production tells the story of a tragic love between an American naval lieutenant, Pinkerton, and his young Japanese bride, named Butterfly.
Following their wedding in Japan, Pinkerton returns to America, leaving Butterfly to simply wait for his return. Even after the birth of their son, with no sign of Pinkerton, Butterfly never gives hope, moving the audience with the beautiful solo “One Fine Day” which highlights her strong belief that one day she will be reunited with her husband.
When Pinkerton does return to Japan years later, he is joined by his American wife, undoubtedly leaving no audience member with dry eyes as Butterfly finally realises that the man she loves and has spent years waiting for will never really come back to her.
Madam Butterfly poignantly and beautifully highlights the cultural differences between the East and the West, moving the audience with the classic tale.
This particular production of Madam Butterfly is sung in English, having been translated by the wonderful Amanda Holden and it will be directed by David Freeman, with the fabulous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing Puccini’s wonderful score.
Madam Butterfly will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday February 26th until Sunday March 15th. There are a number of Fine Dining packages on offer for the production also which includes a two course meal at the Royal Albert Hall’s Coda restaurant, a glass of champagne on arrival, Premium Stalls seats, a show programme, as well as half a bottle of wine and water per person.
Following the production, why not lay your head at one of the wonderful Shaftesbury Hotels to make your stay in London even more special.