Madama Butterfly part of a trio of powerful Italian blockbusters is bringing desire, betrayal and revenge to The Lowry in Manchester for two nights only thanks to the award-winning opera company Opera North. The play touches on many levels of emotions showcasing a deeply poignant tale of love and betrayal. Madama Butterfly is an iconic example of Puccini’s dramatic genius.
The story evolves around a young Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San who falls in love with, and marries, a U.S. naval officer, only to be cruelly deserted by him when he returns to his homeland. Together with Pinkerton’s child and her maid Suzuki, she patiently awaits his return, not realising that her husband has taken an American wife in the intervening years.
Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.
What we thought of the show?
Pinkerton – Merunas Vitulskis
Sharpless – Peter Savidge
Suzuki – Ann Taylor
Goro – Joseph Shovelton
Kate Pinkerton – Katie Bird
Bonze – Dean Robinson
Prince Yamadori – Christopher Nairne
When is Madama Butterfly being performed?
Tuesday, 6 March & Thursday, 8 March
Where will the performance be held?
The Lyric Theatre
How much are the tickets?
Prices can range anywhere from £10 to £60, depending on the location of your seat. There are side / centre / rear stalls, side / front upper /rear upper /centre / middle upper circle, restricted view as well as boxes.
Here’s a sneak peek preview of the show
How do I book the tickets ?
To book tickets please call The Lowry at 08432086000 or via their website here.
The Lowry is a registered charity committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. They present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike. At the heart of their work is a commitment to the local communities and young people. Tapping into the work on their ur stages and in their galleries, they offer thousands of free creative participation opportunities each year. They are passionate about nurturing talent, developing creative professionals of the future and raising aspirations.
Things to note:
- The Lowry welcomes all visitors regardless of their disability and strive to meet all individuals needs where possible.
- They welcome access and assistance dogs.
- The Lowry website is fully accessible and features BrowseAloud. Browsealoud adds speech, reading and translation support, facilitating access and particpiation for those people who need support reading print, dyslexia, low literacy, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. To use this feature, simply click on the grey ear logo located in the footer.
If you are driving to the show, we would recommend for you to park at The Lowry Outlet which is opposite the theatre, but be aware as there is lack of signage from the car park area to the theatre, so best to ask someone or use google maps to find your way.