No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini's 'Madam Butterfly'. Set in Japan at the turn of the centruy, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most magnificent music. Since its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1998, this sensational 'in the round' production has been seen by over two hundred and fifty thousand people. The floor of the Albert Hall was flooded with water to create David Roger's set design where Madam Butterfly's house perches ons stilts above the Japanese water garden.
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