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MADAMA BUTTERFLY

BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

Undoubtedly one of Puccini’s finest works, Madama Butterfly is the story of a callous US Navy Lieutenant who marries and abandons a Japanese girl, Cio-Cio San, or, Madama Butterfly. She, however, remains faithful to him for three long years and awaits his return. Puccini’s score is one of great emotional melodies and the story is as compelling as it is tragic. Directed by Cameron Menzies with Susana Gaspar in the title role and introducing Satriya Krisna as Pinkerton and Philip Smith as Sharpless.

 

 
 
Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, was founded by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans in 1996. Since then has produced more than 50 different operas and over 2000 performances in festivals, theatres and for charities throughout Great Britain, the Channel Islands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Japan and Italy including a performance of La Cenerentola at the acclaimed Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
 
Each year Diva Opera gives more than sixty performances world-wide and this year will present new productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. In concert the company has performed at such prestigious venues as St. John’s, Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall in London and in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Alexandra and HRH The Duke of Kent. 
 
Recently Diva Opera performed the party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall with international opera stars José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. For further information please visit www.divaopera.com
 
 

L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI

BY GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers, is looking for a new wife and fancies that she should be Italian.  As luck should have it, Isabella, an Italian girl is shipwrecked on the Algerian coast. A delighted Mustafa decides that she will make the perfect addition to his harem.  However, he gets a lot more than he bargained for when Isabella discovers that her long lost lover Lindoro has also been enslaved by the mighty Bey. The wits of our protagonists are pitted against each other with hilarious consequences, until order is finally restored with happy unions and reunions. Directed by Wayne Morris and starring Diva Opera newcomer Catherine Backhouse in the title role, with Ashley Catling as her lover Lindoro, Martin Lamb as her companion Taddeo, Timothy Nelson as Mustafa and Gabriella Cassidy as his long suffering wife Elvira.

 

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