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Russian State Opera to perform Madama Butterfly at Crewe Lyceum

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The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera is bringing the colourful and exotic ‘Madama Butterfly’ to Crewe Lyceum this September.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles, it features an impressive cast accompanied by a live orchestra of over 30 musicians.

Fans say no opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of composer Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

The tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired the composer (whose other works include ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Tosca’) to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.

Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madama Butterfly grips your heart with its evocative melodies and theme of noble self-sacrifice.

The touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly today as it did when it was first released in the early 1900s.

Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts Ltd which has co-ordinated 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.”

No previous opera experience is needed to enjoy the production.

The sets and costume designs, as well as the informative programmes, make the productions accessible and enjoyable.

The English surtitles provided also make it easy to follow the story as you listen to the performance sung in its original language.

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