THE Welsh National Opera’s will be welcoming this month another Puccini classic: Madam Butterfly.
Joachim Herz’s beautiful sepia-toned production will be directed in this revival by Sarah Crisp and conducted by Lawrence Foster who returns to WNO following his performance conducting the world première of The Fall of the House of Usher in 2014.
Punctuated with irresistible music including the Humming Chorus and the moving Un bel dì aria, Madam Butterfly tells the heartbreaking tale of Cio-Cio-San’s love and loss at the hands of her American naval officer, Pinkerton. This production features a double cast for the roles of Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton. South Korean-born soprano Karah Son will share the role of Cio-Cio-San with Linda Richardson who returns to WNO following recent performances in I Puritani and Moses in Egypt. American tenor Jonathan Burton makes his WNO debut, sharing the role of Pinkerton with Paul Charles Clarke who returns to WNO following performances in Sweeney Todd during the 2015/16 season.
Former WNO Associate Artist Rebecca Afonwy-Jones returns to WNO to sing the role of Suzuki, and fellow Welsh favourites David Kempster and Richard Wiegold also return to sing the roles of Sharpless and Bonze respectively.
Madam Butterfly will be performed at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on February 10, 12, 17 and 18.
The South Wales Argus has teamed up with the Welsh Nation Opera to offer a pair of tickets to the show on Friday February 17 at 7.15pm. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question: Who will be directing the Welsh National Opera production of Madam Butterfly?
Send your answer, name, address and contact details on a postcard to Madam Butterfly Competition, Samantha Newman, South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 3QN or you can enter by text. Start your message with OPERA, leave a space and then send your answer, name and address to 80360. Messages cost 50p plus your normal operator text charge. Service provided by Newsquest Media Group. Terms and Conditions at www.southwalesargus.co.uk/competitions.
Closing date: February 9