Anne Sophie Duprels and Hye-Youn Lee take on Cio-Cio San in Scottish Opera's Madama Butterfly

The cast also includes Andrew McTaggart and Hanna Hipp, with Marco Guidarini conducting

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Anne Sophie Duprels and Hye-Youn Lee take on Cio-Cio San in Scottish Opera's Madama Butterfly

If you’ve never been to an opera before, this is for you. If you’re a seasoned opera lover, this is also for you. Great story, great music and a revival of a favourite production combine in Scottish Opera’s staging of one of the most popular operas ever – Madama Butterfly. It tells the agonising tale of the young Japanese girl Cio-Cio San – Butterfly – who falls in love with and marries handsome American naval officer Pinkerton, only to experience the most desperate betrayal. Scottish Opera’s version, first created by internationally acclaimed Scottish director David McVicar, is a classic that looks as beautiful as Puccini’s music sounds. Taking charge of reviving McVicar’s production, first staged in 2000, is Elaine Kidd. She says, ‘Madama Butterfly has been a hugely popular opera for many, many years – this is a great place to start for first-timers, but of course it is also a real favourite of regular opera-goers. I’m particularly thrilled that Italian conductor Marco Guidarini is returning to work with us because he is steeped in this passionate, dramatic and lyrical music.’

Sharing the title role are French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels and Korean Hye-Youn Lee, who makes her Scottish Opera debut. ‘It is emotionally and vocally a very demanding but amazing role,’ she says, ‘which I first sang in 2010 as one of Grange Park Opera’s Rising Stars.’ Other rising talent in Madama Butterfly’s cast includes Hanna Hipp as Suzuki, Cio-Cio San’s loyal maid. A mezzo-soprano from Poland, Hipp graduated from the Royal Opera’s Young Artist’s programme last year and is hotly tipped as one to watch. Young talent from closer to home is Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart, in the role of Prince Yamadori.

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 8, Sun 11, Tue 13, Thu 15, Sat 17 May;
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Wed 21, Sat 24, Tue 27, Thu 29, Sat 31 May.

Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly Unwrapped

A free, hour-long introduction to Puccini's tale of doomed love. Hear highlights from the show, meet the principal characters and find out more about the production in this Unwrapped session.

Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly

Puccini's famous tale of Cio-Cio San and her abandonment by her dashing American husband, in a revival by Elaine Kidd of the highly successful 2000 production originally directed by David McVicar.

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