Puccini’s Madam Butterfly at Scarborough Spa

Madam Butterfly is at the Spa next month
Madam Butterfly is at the Spa next month

The Russian State Opera returns to Scarborough Spa on Sunday February 7 with Madam Butterfly.

Few operas can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini’s classic. This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.

Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madam Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grips your heart.

It tells the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

The story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.

The cast will be accompanied by a large live orchestra with more than 30 musicians. It will be sung in Italian with English Surtitles. The company returns with Carmen on Thursday September 29.