Puccini's Japanese tragedy Madama Butterfly is given a ravishing production by The Royal Opera. It's alluring imagery of Japan from the 19th-century European Imagination heightens the intense clash of East and West. When the American naval officer Pinkerton seduces the young 'Butterfly' Cio-Cio-San, he seems to promise every happiness - but his cruel abandonment leads to her tragic self-sacrifice. Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera and renowned for his interpretations of Puccini, conducts an exceptionally fine cast with the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Powerful performances show why Madama Butterfly remains one of the all-time operatic favourites.
'Always at his best in Puccini, Antonio Pappano conducts with passionate sincerity.'
'An opera that ranks among the very greatest of the 20th century.'
'Ermonela Jaho is the best Cio-Cio-San London has seen in years'
Cio-Cio San: Ermonela Jaho
Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton: Marcelo Puente
Goro: Carlo Bosi
Sharpless: Scott Hendricks
Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong
Bonze: Jeremy White
Kate Pinkerton: Emily Edmonds
Imperial Commissioner: Gyula Nagy
Prince Yamadori: Yuriy YurchukRoyal Opera ChorusOrchestra of The Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Stage Director: Moshe Leiser/ Patrice Caurier
Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1
Running time: 149 minutes