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Aria Entertainment will present the one man opera Madam Butterfly Returns at the Landor Theatre in Clapham, south London, from 4 to 22 November 2015, with an official opening on 5 November.
Composed by Michael Finnissy with libretto by Andrew G Marshall, the production tells a new story using Japanese dance, masks, shadow work and physical theatre. It is directed and performed by Ignacio Jarquin who sings and plays all the characters accompanied by an ensemble of four musicians on stage.
"Fast forward thirty years from the end of Puccini’s iconic opera, Tomisaburo, Butterfly’s son has travelled to America to meet his father for the first time. However Pinkerton, the former US naval officer is now Governor of Atlanta and in the middle of an election campaign: “purity of race and Christian family values” is his bill. The last thing he needs, in thirties America, is the arrival of his illegitimate mixed race son. How much does Tomisaburo know about the true nature of his parent's marriage or his mother's death? Will Governor Pinkerton reject or embrace his only child and how will his son react? Is Butterfly really only a far memory left in a far-away world?"
The production features set and costume design by Satoshi Dáte and choreography by Akiko Ono. It previously won 1st prize at the Scratch Night of the Casa International Latin American Theatre Festival and has been developed with Marlborough Theatre in Brighton, Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, The Poly in Cornwall and Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.