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Top opera set for Ipswich

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

The award winning producer Ellen Kent returns to Ipswich in the Spring after her recent critically-acclaimed tours of Nabucco, Aida and La Boheme, with one of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* from the Korean National Opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova* with Vasyl Vasylenko, artistic director and conductor for the National President’s Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev.

Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s popular tale which the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, resulting in heart wrenching drama. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

With exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan designed by the renowned Russian designer Felix Bessonov, from St Petersburg.

Ellen Said, “My operas have to be emotional and beautiful.”

As with any of Ellen Kent’s shows all of the soloists have been hand-picked and directed by Ellen to create a visually beautiful and moving production of Madama Butterfly.

“Above all it was a production which captured the raw emotion at the centre of the opera. Don’t take a handkerchief with you, take a box of them.”  The Independent

“Stunning and emotionally charged” Cardiff Morning Star

 This production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

*Cast Subject to Change

• Madama Butterfly is at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Sunday 25th March 2018. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit www.ipswichregent.com

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