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    See Madama Butterfly live in cinemas and online on Thursday 21 June.

    Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action.

    When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.

    Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

    Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful, provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’, Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon.


    Watch in cinemas

    Thursday 21 June
    LIVE at 6.30pm

    Find a screening near you

    You can see Madama Butterfly live* from Festival 2018 in cinemas across the UK on Thursday 21 June.


    Watch online

    Thursday 21 June
    LIVE at 6.30pm

    You can also watch Madama Butterfly online, on this page and on telegraph.co.uk

    Bookmark this page and set a reminder now so you don’t miss out on Madama Butterfly streamed live* from this summer’s Festival here from 6.30pm on Thursday 21 June.

    FAQ

    Where can you see this opera online?

    1. On this page
    2. On telegraph.co.uk

    How can you join in?

    Join the conversation and be part of the experience by following @Glyndebourne and the hashtag #F18Butterfly

    How long is the video available for?

    After the live* stream the opera will be available to watch here on demand until 11.59pm on Thursday 28 June.

    What is the next opera you can see online?

    From Thursday 26 July you will be able to watch Saul, captured live at Festival 2015, on demand until Thursday 2 August.

    Our new production of Vanessa will streamed live* on Tuesday 14 August and be available to watch on demand until Tuesday 21 August.

    How can you make sure you don’t miss the next opera stream?

    Sign up to receive updates, exclusive news and more here


    *Please note that due to the 90-minute interval at Glyndebourne and the need to shorten the interval for cinema and online audiences a delay of approximately an hour is built into broadcasting the first half, which is made up in the second half.

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  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Omer Meir Wellber / Ben Glassberg (12 July)
    Director Annilese Miskimmon
    Designer Nicky Shaw
    Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
    Movement Director Kally Lloyd Jones
    Projection Designer Ian William Galloway

    Cast includes

    Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
    Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
    Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
    Sharpless Michael Sumuel
    Goro Carlo Bosi / François Piolino

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus