“Madam Butterfly 3D” Screens Aboard Queen Mary 2 in 2012

Acclaimed soprano Liping Zhang stars as Cio-Cio-San in RealD’s “Madam Butterfly 3D,” filmed live at London’s Royal Opera House. Photo by Ollie Upton, provided by Cunard.

Cunard recently announced that it will be screening the feature film “Madam Butterfly 3D” aboard the Queen Mary 2, beginning July 6, 2012.  The film was shot during live performances at London’s Royal Opera House and has been received worldwide with critical acclaim

Combining the excitement of live staging with the immediacy of a feature film, “Madam Butterfly 3D” is a production designed to appeal to novices and opera buffs alike.

“There are few British institutions more respected and admired in the world than the Royal Opera and Cunard,” says Joseph Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema at RealD, the world’s most widely used digital 3D projection technology.  “To bring this world-class production to Queen Mary 2 ensures it will be seen on cruises throughout the world – just as it will be enjoyed in cinemas around the world this year. The 3D filmmakers of this beautiful and powerful film make you feel like you’re standing on the stage at Covent Garden.”

The story centers around a Japanese geisha’s love for an American naval officer , and Butterfly’s tragedy unfolds to a devastating conclusion. This work is one of opera’s most emotional scores, featuring the famous Humming Chorus, Butterfly’s soaring aria “Un bel di vedremo” (“One fine day”), and such wonderfully lyrical passages as Cio-Cio-San’s first entrance, Pinkerton’s seduction of her, and Cio-Cio-San’s passionate farewell to her son.

A stunningly beautiful story- don’t miss this when traveling aboard Cunard.

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