Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Opera in the Park
photo from Royal Opera House
Madama Butterfly at Duthie Park
The Puccini opera was broadcast live to five screens around London - Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf, Hammersmith, Walthamstow and Woolwich and 15 cities around the UK - Aberdeen, Bradford, Bristol, Derby, Dover, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea and Swindon as part of BP Summer Big Screens 2011.
Thousands of people across the country settled down to watch Cio-cio San and Pinkerton’s tragic story veer to its devastating conclusion. Andris Nelsons conducted, and Kristina Opolais was in fine voice as Butterfly, to James Valenti’s dashing Pinkerton.
The weather was suitably dry with cool wind blowing.
The event started off at 7 p.m with the U.K. wide hum-along to Puccini's Coro a bocca chiusa, by far my favourite piece in this opera.
Our picnic basket...
The performance began at around 7.30 p.m and ended at around 10.15 in the evening.
Exit one extremely happy opera-lover!
I would love, for one day, to be able to watch Verdi's La Traviata - MrD, if you're reading: hint... hint...