Opera classic is tragic tale of love and loss

Madam Butterfly. Photo: Chris Popalis.
Madam Butterfly. Photo: Chris Popalis.

The National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Belarus is bringing its award-winning opera classic Madam Butterfly to Buxton Opera House this month.

Featuring an impressive cast and full orchestral accompaniment, this deeply tragic and gripping opera will be performed at the Water Street venue on Sunday March 10, at 7.30pm.

Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is the magnificent story of American Naval Officer Pinkerton, who marries a young, local girl Butterfly for convenience (knowing Japanese divorce laws are lax and intending to find himself an American wife in due course).

Shortly after their marriage Pinkerton leaves for America but innocent Butterfly never gives up hope in her husband, believing he will return for her and their unborn child.

Three years pass and Pinkerton does return, but with his new wife in suit, leading to one of the most cataclysmic endings in opera.

The National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Belarus is one of just three theatres in the former Soviet Union to receive the status ‘Bolshoi’ - translated ‘Big’ - for its successful tours in 1940. Since then the company name has become synonymous with high-quality opera.

Over the last 15 years they have visited more than 30 countries around the world, from Portugal and Spain to Japan and China.

The performance will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Tickets for Madam Butterfly are priced from £20 to £35, with discounts available.

They are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or can be purchased online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.