YOUNG ALFIE STARS IN EXOTIC OPERA

Tal­ented 7-yr-old lands a role in Madam Butterfly

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A SEVEN-year-old boy from De­ganwy has landed a role in a pre­miere of the opera Madam Butterfly.

The highly ac­claimed Rus­sian State Opera are re­turn­ing to stage one of the most colour­ful and exotic sto­ries in the opera canon.

This pro­duc­tion of the clas­sic tragedy by Gi­a­como Puc­cini will be sung in Ital­ian with English sur­titles.

Play­ing the son of Madam Butterfly, Alfie James Walker, of Llan­dudno Youth Mu­sic Theatre, will per­form along­side world-class opera stars who will be ac­com­pa­nied by a large live or­ches­tra with over 30 mu­si­cians.

An Opera spokes­woman said: “From a young age, Alfie has en­joyed watch­ing mu­si­cals and has gained in con­fi­dence since go­ing to Stagenotes in 2015.

“Alfie is thrilled to be a part of an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed opera pro­duc­tion. It’s the ex­pe­ri­ence he will re­mem­ber for a long time.”

Alfie is very en­er­getic and loves play­ing sport. He par­tic­u­larly likes run­ning and play­ing foot­ball.

Set in Ja­pan at the turn of the 19th cen­tury, Madam Butterfly tells the story of a doomed love af­fair be­tween an Amer­i­can naval of­fi­cer and his young Ja­panese bride, whose self-sac­ri­fice and de­fi­ance of her fam­ily lead to heart­break and tragedy.

The spokes­woman added: “This touch­ing story of in­no­cent love crushed amidst two ut­terly dif­fer­ent cul­tures res­onates as strongly as ever in to­day’s world.

“If you’ve never tried opera be­fore, you will love this full or­ches­tra ex­pe­ri­ence with brand new set­tings and fan­tas­tic cos­tumes, ex­quis­ite singing and those won­der­ful tunes that the au­di­ence will still be hum­ming to them­selves on their way home.

“It all makes this a must see opera pro­duc­tion for ev­ery­one.”

The pro­duc­ers, Amande Con­certs, have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the Rus­sian State Bal­let and Opera House on shows for Bri­tish and Euro­pean re­gional au­di­ences.

For over 15 years, they have en­ter­tained au­di­ences all over the UK with per­for­mances by world- class dancers and singers. Since 2001 they have put on bal­lets such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Sleep­ing Beauty, Don Quixote and op­eras such as Car­men, La Travi­ata, Madam Butterfly, La Bo­heme and Rigo­letto.

Madam Butterfly is at Venue Cymru in Llan­dudno on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17, at 7.30pm. To buy tick­ets cost­ing £33 to £20 go to www.venue­cymru.co.uk or www.opera-tick­ets.co.uk or ring the box of­fice on 01492 872000.

So­prano Olga Giorgieva as Madam Butterfly (main) and in­set, Alfie James Walker, from De­ganwy, who will play the role of her son

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