Royal Opera House
Sunday, April 30 at 12 noon |Members $11 | Public $16
East meets West with devastating consequences in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.
Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct a great cast led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s opera. Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly expects his visit – but Pinkerton and his American wife Kate have come only to take the boy away, to raise him in America. Cio-Cio-San bids her son farewell and then takes her own life. 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.