About Madam Butterfly
Originally directed by Anthony Minghella and hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as 'the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London', the award-winning production of Madam Butterfly returns to English National Opera.
With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Anthony Minghella's sole opera production has developed into one of the most iconic stagings of the 21st century.
Madam Butterfly sees internationally renowned sopranos Dina Kuzenetsova and Mary Plazas (Minghella's original Butterfly) sharing the title role, alongside Welsh tenors Timothy Richards and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton, Pamela Helen Stephen as Suzuki, and ENO Harewood Artist George von Bergen as Sharpless
Puccini's tragic love story tells of Madam Butterfly, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America: Butterfly gives birth to a son and patiently awaits her husband's return, never giving up hope.