EVENT CINEMA: When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.
Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful, provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’, Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon.
‘The emotional impact of the piece is devastating.’★★★★ Stage
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.
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Also on screen this summer: the critically acclaimed 2015 production of Handel’s Saul and the rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize-winning opera from the age of Hitchcock, Vanessa.
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Nicky Shaw
Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
21 June 2018 6:30PM