Thursday 20 April 2017
SOLD OUT – waitlist only
With only a short run (20 March – 25 April), the world famous Royal Opera House is the iconic setting for Puccini’s deeply poignant opera, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez. We have experienced several ‘tours’ of this beautiful Opera House, but this will be our first performance! Please join us to one of Puccini’s most popular operas, sung in Italian, with English sub-titles – just perfect!
Giacomo Puccini was entranced by David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly (based on a popular short story by John Luther Long) when he saw it in London in 1900. He harnessed the talents of librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (with whom Puccini had created La bohème and Tosca) to adapt Cio-Cio-San’s tragic tale for the operatic stage. Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works. The romantic exoticism of 19th-century European images of Japan – an integral part of Madama Butterfly’s character, inspire Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s elegant production for The Royal Opera.
Seats have been booked for the MATINEE performance at 1230. We will arrive by luxury coach in plenty of time for coffee and a light lunch in Covent Garden. There will also be time after the performance to spend time in Covent Garden to soak up the atmosphere, relax over a drink or to enjoy an early evening meal at a restaurant of your choosing.
So, if you have never seen an opera or ballet performance at this famous Opera House in Covent Garden, this is your chance! Although not the best seats in the house, as they sold out immediately they went on sale, we have Amphitheatre Seats, which promise a great view and of course, a great atmosphere – plus, they have also kept the price down!!
Luxury Coach Travel
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham
(Coach leaves from Coliseum
West End, Southampton)
Preferred seating on coach
FREE time before & after opera
in Covent Garden
Tickets and Personal Itinerary
Complimentary wine & nibbles
Solent Events Tour Manager
View the Itinerary
0715 Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0800 Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
0810 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0820 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0830 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1100 Drop off at The Aldwych near Covent Garden
FREE time for coffee & light lunch
1230 MADAMA BUTTERFLY begins
1500 Opera finishes
FREE time in Covent Garden
1730 Coach leaves from The Aldwych
Complimentary wine & nibbles served
1945 Arrive in home area
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
What Our Customers Are Saying
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We so enjoyed ourselves on Tuesday Lin, and it was a “mystery” right up until 3pm – well done. I’m so glad I found Solent Events. It’s so much more fun going with other like-minded people & takes the responsibility out of driving.Maureen Colyer
Dear Lin, Thank you for sending the photographs from ‘Collabro’ at the BIC. We had a lovely first outing with Solent Events. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it.Linda Hunt
Hi Lin, Just a quick thank you from us both for arranging such a brilliant day yesterday. We had such a lovely time and the hi-light for us was the steam train trip! Looking forward to the next Mystery TourSue & Bert Barnes