Madama Butterfly – The Fatal Passions by Opera North | Manchester

March 8, 2018

I’ve never actually been to an opera before, but it turns out Dr C has and is quite a fan. So when this invite popped into my inbox, I passed it her way. That way she could complete a hat trick of opear viewings with Opera North!

Over to Dr C Opera North are staging a trilogy of operas – The Fatal Passions. This may sound overly dramatic, but once you’ve seen this trio you’d certainly agree that drama is in the air!
I was asked along to the premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s story of love, loss and betrayal, Madama Butterfly. This was to be staged at The Lowry, directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Martin Pickard.
I attended this opera in a somewhat privileged position having seen the complements to this trio, Don Giovanni (Moazart) and Un Ballo en Maschera (Verdi) in Leeds the weeks prior, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed!

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Image Credit – Richard H Smith

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Image Credit – Richard H Smith

Opera might not be for everyone, but for me (a novice who only attended her first opera this year – in Vienna, total humble brag!), it’s been an incredible whirlwind of intense emotions. Of the current run of Opera North productions I’d recommend Don Giovanni most. One of Mozart’s most bizarre and fun operas – the Opera North production is sure to entice even the novice like me.

Opera North Madama Butterfly 02

Image Credit – Richard H Smith

Opera North Madama Butterfly 07

Image Credit – Richard H Smith

If you’re looking for high drama, then Un Ballo en Maschero or Madama Butterfly won’t disappoint, and you’ll go through a whole range of emotions. The next viewings at The Lowry (tickets still available but limited) are:

  • Madama Butterfly – 08/03/2018
  • Un Ballo en Maschera – 10/03/2018
  • Don Giovanni – 09/03/2018

Have you been to the opera? Would you check out Opera North’s productions? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Dr C was invited along in return for an honest but not to plot revealing review. All words are her own. Image credits to Richard H Smith.

P.P.S. Shows also being staged by Opera North in Newcastle and Nottingham.


  • Reply Jo March 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I do love a bit of opera. I find it very moving even though I can’t understand the language. Although the subtitles help. I love the ballet too and always used to take my daughter to see The Nutcracker at Christmas.

  • Reply Francesca McKenzie March 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Such a beautiful Opera. I didn’t know it was on at the Lowry. In the 6 years I’ve lived in Manchester I’ve only been to Manchester Opera House for the Panto. I need to get more cultured. Thanks for the inspo.

  • Reply Milly Youngman March 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I’ve also never been to an opera performance! My boyfriend’s parents go a lot, and I’d be really keen to go as I see a lot of other theatre and music shows. I feel like an Opera North show would be a good place to start!

  • Reply Elsa Lee March 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I’ve yet to attend an opera but have attended many theatre shows, mostly musicals. I’d like to give opera a go, but am concerned that it requires some level of pre-reading or understanding before going.

  • Reply Rachael March 8, 2018 at 9:50 am

    This looks so intense! I’m not sure I could handle watching this without shedding a tear or two.

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