Make sure you've got plenty of tissues to hand if you plan on going to Palma's Teatro Principal for the second instalment of their annual opera season. Following Don Giovani a couple of weeks ago, the Japanese and Americans take to the stage in Puccini's tale of impossible love amidst intercultural barriers, Madame Butterfly.
Like most of the productions for the opera season the cast is a blend of international stars and singers backed up by the stalwarts of the Mallorcan classical music scene who fill the minor parts, chorus and orchestra.
The leading lady, Cio-Cio San is played by Korean soprano Sae-Kyung Rim who has taken the role (see video) all over the world's best opera houses, and is assisted by Lorena Valero as Suzuki and Eduardo Aladrén as the 'bounder' Pinkerton. With costumes specially designed by Shizuko Omachi and superb sets – all rice paper and bamboo – an authentic feel is a given.
Unlike the world's leading opera houses, prices at the Principal are a snip, with tickets for this production coming in at from €10 to €65! I've been to operas previously and the theatre is both charming and comfortable, with great acoustics and superb views from the boxes.
The show lasts for 175 minutes, and Palma steals a march on Covent Garden by having ham rolls and beer available in the intermission, and will be a fantastic night's entertainment.
The dates are:
March, 31, 6 p.m.
April, 03, 8 p.m.
April, 05, 8 p.m.
April, 07, 6 p.m.
And you can of course buy tickets online – Teatro Principal