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Podcast: Madama Butterfly

Katie Derham explores Puccini's heartbreakingly beautiful opera, Madama Butterfly

Nagasaki, Japan at the turn of the 20th century; the trees are laden with cherry blossom and a beautiful young Geisha’s fate is about to be determined by her marriage to a handsome American.

In this podcast, explore Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of a clash between East and West. With contributions from Glyndebourne Dramaturg, Cori Ellison, Fusako Innami from the Japanese studies department of the University of Durham, and Alexandra Wilson, Reader in Music at Oxford Brookes University.

Available on iTunes

Presenter: Katie Derham
​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Tour 2016.
Music from the EMI Classics recording of Madama Butterfly featuring Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

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