Puccini’s heart-breaking opera, Madama Butterfly, with its story of love, longing and betrayal is screened live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 7.15pm, with an encore on Sunday 2 April at 2pm.

The inspiration for many Hollywood films and the West End smash-hit Miss Saigon, this world-famous opera follows a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, who clings to the belief that her arrangement with an American naval officer, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, is a loving and permanent marriage. In a clash of cultures, hope turns to despair as Cio-Cio-San realises that she has been betrayed, prompting fatal consequences.

This moving opera will be led by Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano. Featuring breath-taking arias, the memorable ‘Flower Duet’ and moving ‘Humming Chorus’, Puccini’s score captures the emotions of Cio-Cio-San’s unbridled happiness and hope to her despondency and pain as she succumbs to her fate.

A defining soprano role, Madama Butterfly stars the sensational Albanian singer Ermonela Jaho in the title role, played opposite by Argentinian tenor, Marcelo Puente as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. For more information on the ROH Live Cinema Season and to find your local cinema visit: www.roh.org.uk/cinema

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