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The Hallé - Puccini’s Tragic Geisha on Saturday 30th May 2020
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
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.
Music Genres: Classical, Opera
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