“Love cannot kill, it brings new life.”
On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American soldier Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.
With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, Un bel dì, vedremo (One fine day) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.
Cast and Creatives
Cio-Cio-San Maria Agresta
Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
Sharpless Carlos Álvarez
Suzuki Christine Rice
Music Giacomo Puccini
Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Approximate running time: about 3 hours 10 minutes, including one interval.
This is a cinema event. Broadcast live from the Royal Opera House