Madam Butterfly (Madama Butterfly)
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.
Archive :: production:T147359670, opera or operetta:S2007, venue:V965
Puccini's classic opera fully staged and performed by full company of 10 principals and 12 chorus, plus 24 piece orchestra. Sung in Italian. NB Friday show is a special Gala Performance to mark the opening of Bradford International Festival.