Opera from other side of world screened at Horsham

CinemaLive - Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour - in cinemas on Thu 18 September
CinemaLive - Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour - in cinemas on Thu 18 September

For One Night Only (Thursday September 18) more than 250 cinemas in the UK and Ireland including The Capitol in Horsham will screen one of the world’s most spectacular opera events, giving cinema audiences an exciting opportunity to see a world-class production from the other side of the globe.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour makes a welcome return to cinema screens with a modern retelling of Puccini’s tale of love and honour, Madama Butterfly, captured live from the waters of the Sydney Harbour on a magnificent floating stage.

Madama Butterfly is the third production to be staged by Handa Opera, suspended over the harbour against a backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

This outdoor spectacle is set on a purpose-built stage with a Japanese bamboo forest and giant sun and moon – both 12 metres wide - which rise from the water to hang above the stage. This will be the only Opera Australia production screened in cinemas this season, and is a One Night Only event.

More than a century after it was first performed at La Scala in Milan, Giacoma Puccini’s three-act opera is still one of the world’s most performed operas with its poignant story of lost love and its unmistakable arias. Said to have been inspired by French author Pierre Loti’s semi-autobiographical novel Madame Chrysanthème, it tells of a young Japanese woman Cio-Cio San and an American soldier Pinkerton who fall in love despite their cultural differences.

When reality separates the couple, the lovelorn Cio-Cio carries the torch for her beloved, certain that he will return for her one day.

To book tickets go to the Horsham Capitol website.