Cut-price tickets on offer for Madama Butterfly

Younger people are being offered cut-price tickets for Madama Butterfly at Sunderland Empire.
Younger people are being offered cut-price tickets for Madama Butterfly at Sunderland Empire.
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Younger audiences can sample one of the opera world’s most vibrant shows – for a fraction of the price.

Under 26’s are being offered seats for Madama Butterfly worth £30 for just £10 in a bid to encourage younger generations to gain an appreciation for the art form.

Ellen Kent Opera will be bringing the drama and passion of this Puccini masterpiece to Sunderland Empire on November 9.

Madama Butterfly was used as the basis for West End musical Miss Saigon and is a heartbreaking story of a beautiful Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant.

Ellen Kent said: “My operas have to be emotional and beautiful. Mine isn’t minimalist – it’s traditional opera with a sexy feel.”

Audiences can expect exquisite sets, including a Japanese garden and costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan designed by the renowned Ukrainian designer Nadia Shvets from the National Ukrainian opera of Kharkiv.

Features also include a host of international soloists from the national operas of Odessa, Spain and Rostov and the support of the National Philharmonic in Chisinau.

International Korean soprano Elena Dee, whose emotional portrayal of Mimi in Ellen Kent’s recent La Boheme received high praise, and Japanese soprano Miki Mori, will be singing the role of the tragic Cio Cio San.

Zinevych, who has sung with Pavarotti, returns with the 70-strong company to perform his Pinkerton.

Music is provided by the esteemed Chisinau National Philharmonic orchestra and conducted by Nicolae Dohotaru.

This production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

* £10 tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased in person at the box office, when calling 0844 8713022 or booking online at

Quote ‘UNDER 26’ when booking (proof of age will be required when entering the theatre).

* General tickets, available from £10-£35, are available in person at the Box Office or from £12.90-£38.90 from the outlets above.