Madama Butterfly (ROH 22)
Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.
FROM 28 Sep
inspired by the life of Japanese intelligence officer Hiroo Onoda, who during the second world war had trained as a commando with orders to hold Lubang island and never to surrender or take his own life.
Fiercely loyal to these original instructions, and refusing to believe the war was over, he held out as a hermit-guerrilla for decades.
In a world where the deluge of toxic opinion spewing from social media platforms has the ability to corrupt a rational mind, it’s a very prescient film in the way its subject is a person who has been wholly convinced of his destiny, to the point where he refuses to question the logic of his dire circumstance.