Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Glyndebourne film screening

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Experience a film screening of East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance, captured live at Glyndebourne in 2018.

When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.

Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Compressing ‘great grief into small souls’, as the composer himself described it, Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production updates the original turn-of-the-century setting to the 1950s, confronting the darker political and emotional currents of a work that acknowledges that there are some barriers too great for even love to conquer.

Enjoy opera at its finest in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, on the unique Walturdaw screen.

Captured live in 2018. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Running time 140 mins, plus 60 min interval.

All our screenings will include a glass of fizz on arrival and a one hour interval.

Image credits - Robbie Jack

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