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 surtitles. Running time 2 hours 55 minutes.Performers David Rendall (Pinkerton), Aled Hall (Goro), Claire Bradshaw (Suzuki), Henry Newman (Sharpless), Helen Field (Cio-Cio-San), Timothy Mirfin (Imperial Commissioner), Alan Fairs (Bonze).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Julian Smith (to Nov 2). Conductor Simon Phillippo (from Nov 7). Director Joachim Hertz. Design Reinhart Zimmermann. Costume Eleonore Kleiber. Lighting John Waterhouse.