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. Revival. Sung in EnglishPerformers Mary Plazas, Gwyn Hughes Jones (not May 27/31), Rhys Meirion (May 27/31), Jean Rigby, Christopher Purves, Alan Oke, Julian Tovey, Mark Stone, Victoria Simmonds.
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer English National Opera. Producer Lithuanian National Opera. Director Anthony Minghella. Conductor David Parry (Not May27/31). Conductor David Jones (May 27/31). Choreographer Carolyn Choa. Design Michael Levine. Lighting Peter Mumford.