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An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine. Please note that there will be no surtitles on the 5th March performance. Performed in English.Performers Natalya Romaniw (Cio-Cio San), Dimitri Pittas (Pinkerton), Adam Smith (Pinkerton Mar20 20 Apr20 4/7/17), Roderick Williams (Sharpless), George von Bergen (Sharpless Apr20 17), Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (Suzuki), Alasdair Elliott (Goro), Keel Watson (The Bonze), Njabulo Madlala (Prince Yamnadori), Katie Stevenson (Kate Pinkerton).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer English National Opera. Conductor Martyn Brabbins. Conductor Martin Fitzpatrick (Mar20 11/13/ Apr20 7). Director Anthony Minghella. Choreographer Carolyn Choa (associate director/choreograher). Director Glen Sheppard (revival director). Choreographer David John (revival choreographer). Design Michael Levine. Costume Han Feng. Lighting Peter Mumford. Other Blind Summit (puppetry). Translation David Parry.
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