23 July 2015–1 August 2015
Hope, fidelity and honour resonate with thunderous force in Puccini’s tender love story between a Japanese geisha and her naval officer as Japan opened up to the West and the 20th Century.
Puccini’s luminescent ‘Humming Chorus’ holds all the promise of a summer’s night, all the perfume of cherry blossoms — and all the anguish of a young girl desperately in love. The equally iconic aria ‘Un bel dì’ is famous for capturing the very essence of Cio-Cio-San’s innocence. This is the power of Puccini and we are thrilled to bring this exquisite opera to Christchurch to mark the stunning refurbishment of the Isaac Theatre Royal.
With a sublime cast, sumptuously detailed costumes and scenery bathed in dreamy washes of colour, this production is an experience that will be cherished long after the curtain has fallen.
As Simon Wilson wrote in his Metro review: "If you're an old fan of Butterfly ... you will not be disappointed. If you're new to opera and hoping for seduction, this is the one.
Accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and featuring the Freemasons NZ OPERA Chorus.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Duration 2 hours and 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval).
CIO-CIO SAN (BUTTERFLY) Anne-Sophie Duprels
PINKERTON Angus Wood
SUZUKI Kristin Darragh
SHARPLESS Jared Holt
GORO James Rodgers
PRINCE YAMADORI Robert Tucker
THE BONZE Martin Snell
CONDUCTOR Francesco Pasqualetti
DIRECTOR Kate Cherry
RESTAGE DIRECTOR Jacqueline Coats
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Christina Smith
LIGHTING DESIGNER Matt Scott