Staatsoper Hamburg and Vincent Boussard’s new staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly brings to life the moving tragedy of Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San
Deborah Warner’s beautiful and evocative production of Britten’s final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an ‘exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design’ (The Independent). In Britten’s luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a ‘remarkable and harrowingly believable’ performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten’s music.
John Graham-Hall (Gustav von Aschenbach), (Composer), (Conductor), Tim Mead (Apollo), Laura Caldow (The Polish Mother), Mia Angelina Mather (Daughter), Joyce Henderson (The Governess), Marcio Teixeira (Jaschiu, Tadzio’s friend), Xhuliana Shehu (Daughter), (Director)