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Madama Butterfly takes wing for Tudno; GO... to the theatre.

Byline: By DAVID POWELL

LLANDUDNO is blessed with some sparkling cultural gems this winter. We've already had Bizet's Carmen, and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky arrives in January.

Then in February we'll be able to enjoy watching Puccini's Madama Butterfly with the melodious Humming Chorus, the poignant aria One Fine Day; and the Love Duet.

And all three productions have been brought to us by producer Ellen Kent.

She says: "Madama Butterfly is one of my favourites operas. It is, of course, about an unfortunate Geisha girl who gets involved with a caddish American naval lieutenant. He treats her as a passing fancy with tragic consequences."

Kent has enlisted stunningly beautiful Korean soprano Elena Dee in the title role, Cio Cio San.

And Kent uses other Korean and Japanese actresses as Geisha girls and the Ukrainian National Opera of Odessa, on its 120th anniversary tour.

For the male lead of Pinkerton, she has chosen Andriy Perfilov, whose acting was called "reminiscent of Orlando Bloom" in one of the newspapers on the Spring 07 tour. He is a ladies' favourite for both his voice and his looks.

Kent wants this production to be as authentic as possible, following her use of a stallion and a donkey to recreate rural Andalucia in southern Spain in Carmen.

She explains: "We've ordered some of our kimonos specially from Japan. We're also creating a little Japanese water garden on stage with real water. We're using models of real Japanese trees and plants like acer, cherry, bamboo, magnolia, roses and ferns, and silk flowers.

Real fish too?

"I've used real Koi carp before and might use fish in a bowl this time."

SHOW DATE

Madama Butterfly is staged at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Sunday, February 17 2008 at 7.30pm. Ring 01492 872000 to reserve pounds 32.50 to pounds 18 tickets. Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Win tickets and more

We're offering great prizes in a Madama Butterfly competition...

FIRST PRIZE

A pair of tickets to see Butterfly on Sunday, February 17 2008

A set of Butterfly T-Lights

A ladies Japanese parasol

A wonderful opera poster

A glossy souvenir programme

SECOND PRIZE

A pair of tickets to see Butterfly on Sunday, February 17 2008

A wonderful opera poster

A glossy souvenir programme

THREE RUNNERS UP

A pair of tickets to see Butterfly on Sunday, February 17, 2008

A glossy souvenir programme

For a chance to win one of these prizes, answer this question: Which Italian composer wrote Madama Butterfly?

Send your entries to Madama Butterfly competition. Daily Post, Vale Road, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9ZD. The closing date is Sunday, January 6 2008

WHAT'S ON...

THIS WEEK

Liverpool Empire Dr Dolittle with Tommy Steele 7.30pm (from Dec 6)

Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru A Christmas Carol 7.15pm (until Dec 24)

Holyhead Ucheldre Canolfan Centre Dick Wittington and his Amazing Cat 2.30 & 7.30pm ( Dec 12-15)

Llandudno Venue Cymru Peter Pan featuring the 'bad boys' of the soaps (Dec 14-Jan 6)

Rhyl Pavilion 'Aladdin' a magical panto for all the family (Dec 14-Jan 12)

Galeri Caernarfon Martyn a'r Pws Mewn Bwts 10.15am & 1.15 pm (Dec 17-19)

Newtown Theatr Hafren Ballet Russe presents Cinderella 7pm (Dec 20)

THIS MONTH

Colwyn Bay Theatr Colwyn 'Aladdin' 2pm & 7pm (Dec 22- Jan5)

Wrexham Rhosllanerchrugog Theatr Stiwt Dick Whittington 10am ( Dec 27-29)

FURTHER AHEAD

Liverpool Empire Blood Brothers Dec 31-Jan 26)

Jandudno Venue Cymru Grigorovich's Nutcracker 2.30 & 7.30pm (Jan 15-16)

Rhyl Pavilion Paul Potts 7.30pm Jan 18) l/lold Clwyd Theatr Cymru Cariad' 7.45pm (Jan 31- Feb 16)

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