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. Sung in Italian with English and Welsh surtitlesPerformers Amanda Roocroft, Naomi Harvey, Paul Charles Clarke, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Neal Davies, Claire Bradshaw, David Soar, Philip Lloyd Holtam.
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Julian Smith. Conductor Gareth Jones. Director Joachim Herz. Design Reinhart Zimmermann. Lighting John Waterhouse. Costume Eleonore Kleiber.