Russian State Opera returns with Puccini masterpiece

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THE world-renowned Russian State Opera will be heading to Cumbria in October to perform Madama Butterfly.

An impressive cast and an orchestra of more than 30 musicians will bring Puccini's masterpiece to life on stage at the Sands Centre, in Carlisle, on Saturday October 7.

The most colourful and exotic production in the touring company's repertoire, no opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of this three-act opera.

Written in 1903, and sung in Italian with English surtitles, this tale of the doomed love inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.

Set in Japan at the turn of the last century, Madama Butterfly is among the best-known of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grip your heart.

It tells the story of a love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

The exquisite production, with its beautiful set and costumes, intensifies the emotion in an already heart-wrenching opera.

Russian State Opera's production is ideal for newcomers to opera, bringing a full orchestra experience with brand new settings and fantastic costumes, exquisite singing, and wonderful tunes.

Producer Alexej Ignatow, who has coordinated the UK tour, said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges, to ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide spectrum of various classic pieces.

"With extensive national tours that get our productions seen the length and breadth of the country, we are able to offer national audiences in various theatres an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the price, all without sacrificing quality.

"So, it is very close to my heart to continue working with theatres all over the UK to deliver top quality productions every year and make new converts wherever we go.

"Our sets and costume designs, as well as the informative programmes make the productions very accessible, and most of all, enjoyable. For opera, English surtitles make it easy to follow the story as you listen to the performance sung in its original language."

Madama Butterfly comes to the Sands Centre on Saturday October 7, from 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from the venue's box office.

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