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Acts 1 and 2 of the Opera by Puccini from the Sadler's Wells Theatre
The action takes place in the town of Nagasaki, Japan
Act 1, A Japanese house overlooking the harbour of Nagasaki
Cast in order of appearance
Relatives and friends of Cho-Cho-San
The Sadler's Wells Orchestra
Leader, Joseph Shadwick
Conductor, Warwick Braithwaite
Chorus Master, Geoffrey Corbett
Producer, John Gordon
Lieutenant Pinkerton, an officer of the United States Navy, arrives at Nagasaki in the course of his duties. It is here that he meets Cho-Cho-San, known as Madam Butterfly.
Goro is a Japanese marriage broker, to whom Pinkerton goes ro draw up an agreement concerning his forthcoming marriage to Butterfly, for whom he has a passing infatuation. Goro assures him that the marriage is only binding so long as he continues to live with his wife.
In the meantime Madam Butterfly has forsaken her gods to become Christian and is scorned by her relations, who finally renounce her.
To Pinkerton comes Sharpless, the American Consul at Nagasaki, who tries to dissuade him from this marriage, and points out that Butterfly is very serious and is under the impression that she is entering a life contract-hut Pinkerton does not listen to him. The marriage takes place and is followed by a feast, where her uncle, the Bonze, finally curses her. - The Act ends with mutual protestations of love.


Leader: Joseph Shadwick
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite
Chorus Master: Geoffrey Corbett
Producer: John Gordon
Lieutenant Pinkerton: John Wright
Goro: Powell Lloyd
Suzuki: Rose Morris
Sharpless: Redvers Llewellyn
Butterfly (Cho-Cho-San): Jeanne Dusseau
High Commissioner: John Greenwood
Registrar: Frank Brook
Bonze: Roderick Lloyd
Yamadori: John Hargreaves

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