Preview: Madama Butterfly, Festival Theatre

Lead soprano Hye-Youn Lee  promotes Scottish Opera's production of Madama Butterfly.Pic: PA
Lead soprano Hye-Youn Lee promotes Scottish Opera's production of Madama Butterfly.Pic: PA
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SCOTTISH Opera return with a revival of Sir David McVicar’s production of Madama Butterfly – a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000.

Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, McVicar’s production of Puccini’s lush and exotic masterpiece lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.

Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America.

When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.

“The production is a real classic, with exquisite period detail in the costumes,” says revival director Elaine Kidd.

“With two Butterflies sharing the lead role who can act as sensitively as they sing, it will have the power to cut to the core.

“I’m thrilled that Italian conductor Marco Guidarini is returning to work with us because he is steeped in this passionate, dramatic and lyrical music.”

Madama Butterfly, Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Sunday 4pm, Tuesday 7.15pm, £10-£78, 0131-529 6000