THE well-loved opera Madam Butterfly, written by Italian composer Puccini, is set to delight music fans at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on 2nd November.
First performed in 1904, the opera tells the ill-fated love-story of Madam Butterfly (whose real name is Cio-Cio San) and Pinkerton, the American Naval Officer.
Pinkerton rents an apartment in Nagasaki in Japan with his teenage Japanese bride Cio-Cio San.
Fifteen-year-old Cio-Cio San, who has been working as a Geisha, is pleased to be marrying the American, although Pinkerton then goes back to the US where he marries Kate.
Before her marriage, Cio-Cio San converts from Buddhism to Christianity - much to the disapproval of her Buddhist priest uncle who then places a curse on her.
Sung in English, the popular opera includes the dramatic soprano aria One Fine Day and Puccini combines eastern and western music to bring his tragic tale of love across the continents to life.
Nicholas Cleobury will conduct a cast of young singers drawn from the National Opera Companies and they will be accompanied by Mid Wales Opera’s critically-acclaimed orchestral ensemble.
Theatre-goers in Mansfield will also be able to discover more about the opera at a pre-show talk with Artistic Director Nicholas Cleobury who will share his knowledge on the opera and this production, as well as provide an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions.
The event will take place in the upstairs lounge and places are limited to 50.
To book a free ticket for this event, please do so when you purchase your ticket for the performance. The event will begin at 6.30pm and will last around half an hour.
Tickets are priced £17 (£15 for concessions and £10 for children). Members of the Music Society receive a 10 per cent discount.
For details or to book, contact the Box Office on Mansfield 633133 or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.