A night at the opera: Madam Butterfly @the Royal Albert Hall

Madame Butterfly

By Carlos Martin Tornero

WIML attended the highly acclaimed “in-the-round” production of Puccini´s Madam Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most traditional venues of London.

The stage is a circular design which gives singers total freedom to interact with the audience and consequently makes them part of the performance.

First staged in 1998 and now in its fifth season at the Royal Albert Hall, this spectacular version of Madam Butterfly transform the stage into a traditional Japanese aquatic garden with 65000 litres of water.

On the musical side, the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, under the buton of Oliver Gooch, performes brilliantly the score of the Puccini´s Japanese tragedy. According to the expert Conrad Wilson, Puccini achieved in this opera a beauty, subtlety and intensity of utterance that it has never been surpassed.

Soprano Mihoko Kinoshita animates the character of Cio-Cio-San, a geisha by the name of Madam Butterfly who fell in love with Pinkerton, Liutenant of the United States Navy. Set in Nagasaki in the late 19th century, that is the story of a doomed love behind the clash of civilisations between the West and the East.

Nagasaki in 1900, as London nowadays, was somehow an imperfect melting pot that procuded a bitter-sweet mixture of cultures.

Our reporter Carlos Martín Tornero, sneaked into London´s legendary Royal Albert Hall to bring the readers of WIML Madam Butterfly´s story from the stage.

Listen here:

(Recorded live from the Royal Albert Hall on march the 1st 2011)
(Photo credit: Carlos Martín Tornero)

More Info: Madam Butterfly @ the Royal Albet Hall


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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. An excellent opera, and an excellent storyteller

  2. A very good job! It is very interesting how a few words with the music of this great opera in the background can sum up the plot. The photos are also interesting.

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