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 surtitlesPerformers Julie Unwin (Butterfly), Richard Roberts (Pinkerton), Alison Kettlewell (Suzuki), Simon Thorpe (Sharpless), Alasdair Elliott (Goro), Henry Waddington (Bonze), Susan Parkes (Kate Pinkerton), Howard Wong (Il Commisario Imperiale), Seung-Wook Seong (Yamadori), Charlotte Spink (La Madre di Cio-Cio-San), Rachel Munro (La Zia).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer Opera Holland Park. Company City of London Sinfonia. Conductor Dominic Wheeler. Director Ian Rutherford. Design Peter Rice.