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Mudam butterfly: What happened next?

2 April 2015

Madam Butterfly is one the world’s best-loved operas and many people wonder what happens to Butterfly's son at the end. A new play, ‘Mme. Butterfly: The One Man Opera’, at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant has the answer.

Set thirty years after the end of the iconic Puccini opera, Mme. Butterfly's son, Tomisaburo, has journeyed to America in the hope of meeting his estranged father, B.F. Pinkerton, for the first time. He brings with him a suitcase of mementoes, second hand memories and his dead mother’s spirit. However, Pinkerton, now Governor of Georgia, is seeking re-election. The arrival of an illegitimate, mixed race son would be highly embarrassing for him, and so he leaves Tomisaburo waiting in the entrance hall of the Governor's house for three full days. Will the opera end with forgiveness or revenge?

The show features a new score by leading UK composer Michael Finnissy which responds to themes from Puccini's Mme Butterfly and Japanese music – including the much loved aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’ (One fine day).

The performer of this one man opera is Mexican singer Ignacio Jarquin, who uses dance, masks and evocative storytelling to evoke the tragic love story of Butterfly and Pinkerton and the fate of their son. The play also draws on the Japanese Noh Theatre tradition to provide an evening of surprise, mystery and heartache.

Mme Butterfly: The One Man Opera is on at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on Friday 17 April at 8pm. Tickets £12.50, £11.25 concessions