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Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly

Carolyn Kuan conducting

A smash-hit Broadway play turned movie, David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly metamorphoses into music theatre as the UK premiere of Huang Ruo’s operatic reworking takes wing.

Love, betrayal, self-deception. The themes of M. Butterfly intertwine with those of Puccini’s achingly tragic opera; but here they’re ingeniously upended as the action is relocated to Paris and Mao’s China. Nothing is quite what it seems. Stereotypes are challenged, power struggles realigned. 

This production contains graphic language, and a depiction of self-harm.

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date

Co-produced by the Barbican and BBC Symphony Orchestra

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