Rare performance of heart-breaking opera

Puccini Madama Butterfly is being performed at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on March 29.
Puccini Madama Butterfly is being performed at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on March 29.
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Unlucky programming means that a rare professional opera performance at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Thursday, March 29, clashes with a symphony concert at Portsmouth Guildhall as well as Welsh National Opera’s spring week in Southampton.

The Kings hosts Puccini weepie Madama Butterfly in Ellen Kent’s award-winning production from the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv with a 30-strong orchestra.

The opera, to be sung in Italian with English surtitles, tells of a Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, only for him to leave not long after their wedding.

With international Korean and Japanese sorpranos, the set will reflect a traditional Japanese Garden and feature costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

Highlights include the Humming Chorus, the aria One Fine Day and the love duet.

Tickets cost £19.50 to £28.50 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.