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. New Production. Running time 2 hours 50 minutes. Dec 16th Royal Gala Performance - all proceeds from this performance go to support The Prince's Trust's work with young people in London and ENO's Young Singers Programme, Debut.Performers Mary Plazas (Madam Butterfly), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Lieutenant Pinkerton), Jean Rigby (Suzuki), Christopher Purves (Sharpless), Alan Oke (Goro), Julian Tovey (Bonze), Mark Stone (Yamadori), Victoria Simmonds (Kate Pinkerton).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Corporate Sponsor Sky. Corporate Sponsor Artsworld. Producer English National Opera. Producer Lithuanian National Opera. Director Anthony Minghella. Choreographer Carolyn Choa. Design Michael Levine. Costume Han Feng. Lighting Peter Mumford. Translation David Parry. Translation Anthony Minghella. Conductor David Parry.