Mme. Butterfly: The One Man Opera at The Spring

Ignacio Jarquin stars in the one man opera.

Ignacio Jarquin stars in the one man opera.

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Madam Butterfly is one the world’s best-loved operas and many people wonder what happens to Butterfly’s son at the end.

And next Friday, Mme. Butterfly: The One Man Opera has the answer at The Spring in Havant.

Set thirty years after the end of the iconic Puccini opera, Madam Butterfly’s son, Tomisaburo, has journeyed to America in the hope of meeting his estranged father, B.F. Pinkerton, for the first time.

However, Pinkerton, now Governor of Georgia, is seeking re-election. The arrival of an illegitimate, mixed race son would be highly embarrassing for him, and so he leaves Tomisaburo waiting in the entrance hall of the Governor’s house for three full days. Will the opera end with forgiveness or revenge?

The show features a new score by leading UK composer Michael Finnissy which responds to themes from Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, including the much loved aria Un Bel Di Vedremo (One Fine Day).

The performer of this new one man opera is Ignacio Jarquin, who uses dance and masks to evoke the tragic love story of Butterfly and Pinkerton and the fate of their son.

The play also draws on the Japanese Noh Theatre tradition.

Mme Butterfly: The One Man Opera starts at 8pm. Tickets £11.25-12.50, visit thespring.co.uk

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