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Preview: Madama Butterfly at Billingham Forum Theatre

Russian State Opera performs Madama Butterfly in Billingham

Madama Butterfly               
Billingham Forum Theatre
Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Madama Butterfly – perfect tragic opera
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns with the most colourful & exotic opera. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra with over 30 musicians.

No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. 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, Madama Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grip 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 premiere of this exquisite production, with its beautiful set and costumes, intensifies the emotion in an already heart-breaking opera.
If you’ve never tried opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with brand new settings and fantastic costumes, exquisite singing, and those wonderful tunes that the audience will still be humming to themselves on their way home, making this a must- see opera production for everyone.

This touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world!

Opera performances of Madama Butterfly in County Durham:
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Billingham, Forum Theatre - tickets: 01642 552 663 or online from

Pricing: All Seats £31.00 Conc £28.00 Under 16's £19.00

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