Puccini’s Tragic Geisha


Thursday 28th May 2020

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 28 May 2020 - 7pm

Approximate running time = 165 minutes

Puccini - Madama Butterfly (complete)

Sir Mark Elder

Eri Nakamura as Cio-Cio San, soprano
Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton, tenor
Christopher Purves as Sharpless, baritone

Royal Northern College of Music Opera Chorus

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During Sir Mark’s tenure as Music Director, the Hallé’s opera performances have become legendary. Puccini saw Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, while visiting London in 1900; instantly he knew its potential as an opera. Although its premiere at La Scala two years later wasn’t a success, following revisions it rapidly became an essential part of the repertoire. A story of love betrayed, at its heart is the gentle heroine Cio-Cio San (aka Butterfly); her aria Un bel di vedremo is but one of the opera’s glorious inspirations. As the season reaches its climax, we offer two chances to hear a world-class cast led by the young Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura, whose captivating performances at Covent Garden and in opera houses worldwide have established her international reputation.

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