The lovers betrayal

Madame Butterfly. Heritage Opera. Picture by Martin Cassell.
Madame Butterfly. Heritage Opera. Picture by Martin Cassell.

Heritage Opera returns to Lancaster Grand Theatre with a tale of faithful love, betrayal and heartbreak.

Madame Butterfly, by Puccini, will be presented by the opera group on Saturday September 12.

Madame Butterfly is the story of Cio Cio San - the ‘Madame Butterfly’ of the title - the Nagasaki geisha girl, who falls for and marries Lt Pinkerton of the US Navy.

Very soon after the wedding, Pinkerton sails off into the sunset, leaving behind Cio Cio San and her maid, Suzuki, to pick up the pieces.

Butterfly waits patiently, hoping that ‘one fine day’ he will return.

At last, Pinkerton’s ship is sighted on the horizon.

However, there will be no happy ending for Madame Butterfly.

This most famous of operas contains many beautiful moments, including possibly the most famous soprano aria in all opera – ‘Un Bel Di’ – (One Fine Day).

Heritage Opera, the north west’s professional touring opera company, has been visiting Lancaster since 2006 with its unique takes on the most well-loved operas.

Sarah Helsby Hughes, artistic director, said: “We’ve been visiting Lancaster for nearly 10 years now, and the audience is very enthusiastic and loyal. The Lancaster Grand theatre is such a piece of theatre history, and it’s always a pleasure to return there.”

Madame Butterfly will be shown at 7.30pm at the Grand.

Tickets are £20 for adults, £19 for concessions and £10 for under 16s, available from the box office on 01524 64695, or at lancastergrand.co.uk.