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What's On > Welsh National Opera - Madam Butterfly (March 2013)

Wed 6 Mar, Fri 8 Mar, Sat 9 Mar (ARCHIVED LISTING)
One of the most heart-rending of opera's victims.
Several years have passed since Cio-Cio-San’s husband Lieutenant Pinkerton left her to return to America. She has never doubted for a second that he will come back to her. News indeed arrives that he has returned. But Cio-Cio-San could never imagine the real reason that Pinkerton has come back.
Madam Butterfly is tragic Italian opera at its most affecting. From the rapturous love-duet to the devastating ‘One fine day’, Puccini masterfully employs every note to immerse his audience in Cio-Cio-San’s tragic story. Joachim Herz’s classic, sepia-tinged production is like a beautiful old photograph. It is a nostalgic glimpse of a vanished world. Madam Butterfly promises a moving, breathtaking evening at the theatre.

Madam Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Spring 2013 Season supported by a lead gift from Colwinston Charitable Trust
Conductor Frédéric Chaslin
Director Annabel Arden
Cast includes
Cio-Cio San Cheryl Barker (ex 8 March), Judith Howarth (8 March)
Pinkerton Gwyn Hughes Jones
Suzuki Claire Bradshaw
Bonze Julian Close
Sharpless Alan Opie
• Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
Wed 6, Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar, 6.15pm
Please note that you will need a ticket to attend the pre-performance talks which can be obtained when booking your performance tickets. The pre performance talks are free to attend however admission to the talks cannot be guaranteed without a ticket.
Wed 6 Mar
Find out more about the performance you have just seen from the people who made it happen. Members of the cast and creative team will talk about Madam Butterfly and answer your questions.
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE will be preceded by a touch tour on stage.
Fri 8 Mar, 7.15pm, touch tour at 6pm
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Wed, Fri & Sat Eves at 7.15pm


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Dining at Circle
Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.

Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.

Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.

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Wed 6 Mar, Fri 8 Mar, Sat 9 Mar (ARCHIVED LISTING)


There really aren't enough words in the English language to express the sheer brilliance of the WNO performance of Madam Butterfly last night. The singing was simply sumptuous, heart rendering in its delivery. I was dragged through every human emotion for over two hours to the point where I could hardly clap at the end of the show for wiping the tears from my eyes. If you can get a ticket, have a box of hankies and are ready for en emotional roller coaster ride then go see this show for yourself.
John Round \\ 09/03/2013

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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. For further queries on the information below please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000.
Groups 10+ save £3
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(excluding Sat 9 Mar performance)
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