Butterfly opera is full of Eastern promise

Full of Eastern promise - Madam Butterfly comes to Grimsby Auditorium for one night only.
Full of Eastern promise - Madam Butterfly comes to Grimsby Auditorium for one night only.

AWARD-WINNING opera producer Ellen Kent has re-launched her quest to bring opera to the people with a stunning and emotional production of Madam Butterfly.

The show, featuring the internationally-acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, is at Grimsby Auditorium this Saturday, November 12.

Puccini’s popular tale, which was used as the basis for West End musical Miss Saigon, is the heartbreaking true story of a beautiful Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dire consequences.

After producing her own shows for 29 years, Ellen changed direction to focus on developing her role as an artistic director in larger-scale productions. But she couldn’t resist the lure of the regional tours and last year teamed up with Derek Block Concert Promotions, one of the biggest international promoters in the entertainments industry.

These fantastic new productions, featuring beautiful sets and gorgeous costumes, designed by well-known Russian designer Nadezhda Shvets, have taken 18 months to bring to stage – and have been well worth waiting for.

International Korean sopranos Rosa Lee Thomas and Elena Dee will be singing the role of Cio Cio San and Violetta, while ladies’ favourite Andriy Perfilov is Pinkerton and Alfredo.

They are joined by a 70-strong company, including Ruslan Zinevych, who has sung with Pavarotti and performed Ellen’s operas at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Music is provided by the esteemed Kharkiv theatre orchestra, conducted and led by Vitalii Kutsenko.

This production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

For ticket information contact the box office on 0844 871 3016.