World famous operas to be performed at Bristol Hippodrome

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 November 2017

Elena Dee as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Picture: Tas Kyprianou

Elena Dee as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Picture: Tas Kyprianou

� Tas Kyprianou

Stunning artistry and brilliant opera will take over a Bristol stage in the new year.

Elena Dee as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Picture: Tas KyprianouElena Dee as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Picture: Tas Kyprianou

Opera producer Ellen Kent returns to Bristol with two stunning, traditional productions: Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Rigoletto is the dramatic tale of the jester’s daughter whose heart is stolen by a charming but unreliable ruler – and how her father’s attempts to prevent the love affair leads to tragedy.

The play is based on a book by Les Miserables writer Victor Hugo.

When Hugo originally wrote the story – which was called The King Who Amuses Himself – it was banned due to its sexual content, at least officially.

In reality, it was blacklisted for political reasons as it made jabs at politicians at the time.

Verdi was inspired by the Renaissance painting and turned the tragedy into an opera, reflecting the sexual depravity of the Mantuan Ducal Court and featuring seductive, naked courtesans.

On the second day of the troupe’s Hippodrome stint, Kent will present one of the world’s most celebrated and popular operas of all time, Madama Butterfly.

The poignant and popular tale, on which the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based, tells the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic and heart-wrenching results.

The show boasts Puccini’s powerful score played by a live orchestra, including the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

Audiences will be wowed by the exquisite set design, authentic costumes and a first-class cast.

Kent, an award-winning producer and director, is the biggest supplier of opera and ballet in the UK, travelling with her company Opera & Ballet International.

She returns to the Hippodrome following her critically acclaimed tours of Nabucco, Aida and La Bohème.

Verdi’s Rigoletto will be at the Bristol Hippodrome, in St Augustines Way, at 7.30pm on January 18.

Madama Butterfly will be at the theatre at 7.30pm on January 19.

Tickets to both shows, priced £19-46.90, are available from 08448 713012 or online at

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