Finding Butterfly at Limehouse Town Hall
3-20 October 2012
The Musical Director of Olivier Award winning La Boheme and guerilla opera-makers The Wedding Collective re-imagine Madame Butterfly; one of the most hauntingly beautiful operas ever made.
Nagasaki, 1948. In a country ravaged by war and destruction a young man returns home, searching through the rubble for memories of his mother, a beautiful geisha called Cio-Cio-San but known to the world as Butterfly.
Torn away from his Japanese homeland and brought up in America, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, Jr. is forced to confront his true heritage as well as his father’s monstrous act of betrayal.
Sung by a cast of professional opera singers and using Puccini’s original score, Finding Butterfly picks up where the original masterpiece ended, tracing Butterfly’s final tragic steps and featuring the best known and loved arias from one of the most iconic works in the opera canon. Performed as an operatic, site specific play in Limehouse Town Hall, with words in English and an Italian libretto.