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Trioperas – Peacock Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Pamela Tan-Nicholson, based on the operas by Giacomo Puccini and Georges Bizet Director: Pamela Tan-Nicholson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Making opera more accessible to newcomers who may be intimidated by the traditions of the form – long shows, often sung in a foreign language, plots that manage to be simultaneously labyrinthine and simplistic – is a laudable goal. ...

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Madama Butterfly – Bradford Alhambra

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Ray Taylor At its first performance in Milan in 1904, Madama Butterfly was a fiasco with the audience laughing and hissing. Now it is firmly established on the operatic repertoire and is loved by millions the world over for its wonderful heartfelt melodies and its tragic romantic ...

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Madama Butterfly – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi llica Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Madama Butterfly is part of the Fatal Passions season which Opera North is presenting this winter.  This production is a revival of Puccini’s well-known opera and its powerful and passionate music speaks for its tragic emotions.  Opera North has previously staged this production, but this ...

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Madama Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Annilese Miskimmon Reviewer: Helen Tope Telling the true story of a Japanese geisha abandoned by her American husband, Madama Butterfly is one of opera’s greatest tragedies – perhaps the greatest one of all. The story is irresistible: a naive 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San is married off to an American lieutenant, Pinkerton, in ...

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Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly – The Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell Madama Butterfly is an opera in two acts by Giacomo Puccini "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi” and funnily enough following Verdi again at the Opera House this week after Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ played the previous evening to great acclaim. The libretto of the opera is based ...

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Scottish Opera’s Madama Butterfly – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto:Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original Director:Sir David McVicar Director: Elaine Kidd Conductor: Marco Guidarini Designer:Yannis Thavoris Reviewer: Val Baskott Puccini’s great masterpieceMadama Butterflyneeds little introduction. The Humming Chorus and Un bel diare fully absorbed into popular culture, and the moving theme of an exploited and deserted vulnerable girl still resonates today. Perhaps playing safe, or pragmatically ...

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NEWS: Scottish Opera take Madama Butterfly on the road

Scottish Opera brings one of the world’s most popular operas to Scotland this May as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly opens in Edinburgh before going on to perform in Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Belfast. The production will make a return to Glasgow in July to perform in the city during the Commonwealth Games. Internationally acclaimed Scottish director, Sir David McVicar’s unflinching production ...

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