Classic opera beamed live to Leighton Buzzard

Madama Butterfly
Madama Butterfly

One of the most popular operas of all time will be broadcast live to Leighton Buzzard’s Library Theatre from the Royal Opera House.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly can be seen on Thursday March 30 starting at 7.15pm.

With ravishing music and a heart-breaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband, there is bound to be something for opera enthusiasts to enjoy.

In this live screening, much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production.

It is conducted by Royal Opera music director Antonio Pappano, who is widely acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera.

Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride.

Well known moments include the impassioned aria Un bel di (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio- Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Tickets for this screening are in short supply so people are advised to book fast to avoid disappointment.

They cost £15 for adults and £13 for concessions.

For further information about the screening or to book tickets in advance call the box office on 0300 300 8125 or visit www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk.