Curtains For Madama Butterfly



I was excited as the time approached for the evening’s performance, outside the church I could hear the gentle chatter of the audience as they started to arrive on what was a beautiful summer evening.

The lights dimmed and then the performance began.  It was a lovely venue to perform in and to see such a large audience made the evening even more special.

The instrumental accompaniment was provided by members of the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tom Newall and the beautiful melodies composed by Puccini and played by these gifted musicians filled the evening air.


The evening progressed and the cast brought the characters to life as the story of Madama Butterfly unfolded to the delight of an enthusiastic audience.


Following the dramatic final scene as Butterfly lay dying and Sharpless carried off Butterfly’s child the lights dimmed and audience rose to show their appreciation.  It was a wonderful evening and Bowdon Festival should be proud of their achievement in producing this beautiful opera and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

Me With Jayne Wilson After The Performance
Then this afternoon I was back on the train to Glasgow to spend a few days there before travelling back to Manchester for the Greater Manchester Chief Constable’s Charity Ball on Friday 3rd July.  Then on Sunday I am off to Italy for 5 weeks on an opera summer school.  The school is to take place in a small town called Fiera di Primiero in Trentino region of Italy.

Fiera di Primiero, Italy
I will be with a group of students that have been selected from all over the world to take part in a series of workshops and master-classes culminating with the performances of several operas during the local music festival.  I hope to build on my experiences from this year and to both develop existing skills and learn new ones.

61 thoughts on “Curtains For Madama Butterfly

  1. I wish my work took me off to Italy for five weeks in summer… Yes, I know, you’ll be working extremely hard. But it won’t be in Stockport on a rainy Tuesday night. Have loads of fun.

  2. I would have loved to have been there for that performance since I am in love with Madame Butterfly! Italy for five weeks! A dream! Have fun and learn much!

  3. What a blessed life you are leading! First “Madamme Butterfly,” followed by 5 weeks in Italy. Relish every moment, Charlotte, even while you are working—this does sound like pure heaven.

  4. Very Nice ! yhanks for this full of light share. Have a great summer class in Italy, you are a fabulous singer and a marvellous soul ! Very happy for you and proud of you Charloppe !! All the best for you !

  5. This a most encouraging post. You are always gaining new experience and progressing your work, which must be a good feeling.

    1. I’ve had to turn a couple of offers down which I hate doing but once I commit to something I like to see it through, I’m always so flattered when someone asks me to do something with them, it’s a great feeling, every experience adds something to work on and teaches me something new.
      Best wishes

  6. Lovely photos of you and company and beautiful setting in Italy. Congrats on all you have completed and for exciting new opportunities, experiences and skills. Hugs!

    1. Thanks Janice, it’s been a year full of challenges and change, my end of year recital was all about changes in circumstances, usually outside of the people’s control, I can’t wait to experience my first European summer school I hope it goes well, I’m going with an open mind and what to learn as much as I can.
      Best wishes

  7. What a gift your life is; for you and all those whose lives you touch! Brava. Much love and many continued blessings.

    1. What a lovely message Annette, you’re always so supportive, not just to me, all your blogger friends, it’s you that is my gift 💖. Thank you.
      Best wishes

  8. That ‘curtains’ had me worried – I thought something may have blocked the show. Of course, it’s curtains for her at the end of every performance in more ways than one. This seems to have been a triumphant ending performance.
    And now, of course, you will be relaxing and taking things easy – NOT! Quite a schedule you have there.

    1. 😀 I saw a small memorial today and asked my parents what all the flowers were at the roadside, they explained a really sad event a couple of weeks ago where a young woman walking along a pavement lost her life in a freak van accident. My Dad said ‘cherish every moment because life’s not a rehearsal’. That’s my plan ☺️. Best wishes

  9. This little village looks great, with the mountains in the background, I hope you enjoy it a lot, and learn much. Best wishes and blessings, Charles. 🙂

      1. Independent, although same currency so that makes it easy when visiting. They are about a 3 hour flight from NZ – part of the Pacific Island group that we are also part of but we’re all independent countries.

  10. What an exciting time of your life. Cherish every moment indeed! And to follow Puccini by being in a land of native Italian speakers is a great opportunity to perfect the tone of the language. When I was learning Italian years ago, my teacher threatened to stick a pin in my thigh every time I lost the end of my word a la the English style! Ouch!

    1. And musing some more on that. It will be interesting to hear what the local accent/ dialect does to the Italian language. So far north, close to borders with germanic languages, and in a valley too. A bit like the first time I heard someone from the Lake District in England. That old timer’s English had nothing in common with the way they speak it in Oxford! I had to get it translated. Lol

    2. Remind me never to give teachers pins lol 😃. My northern accent can give me as many problems in English 😆.
      Thanks Gwen, good luck with your novel, excited for you,
      Best wishes

  11. I am so pleased you enjoyed your Madama Butterfly performance on Saturday. Here’s hoping the Chief Constable’s Charity Ball performance goes well and then Italy…! I’m sure you will love it. I have been to Merano and thought it lovely. It gets quite hot there despite it being in the Dolomite region. The food is yummy! Lots of typical Italian dishes but also plenty of Germanic food as the area used to be part of Austria before the 2nd World War. I used to go to a music summer school in the Austrian Alps when I was a girl and I have such wonderful memories of it and made so many good friends.

    1. I’ve got a lunchtime rehearsal today for the Ball very excited for that. I’ve a couple of friends from the conservatoire going to but I’m also really looking forward to meeting everyone there.
      Best wishes

  12. Wow, 5 weeks of opera school in Italy! You must be excited. If it keeps you too busy to blog I hope you have a fantastic summer – which it sounds like you will!

    1. 😀 well when you think Butterfly starts the opera age 15 at 21 I could be an aunt, I’ve a cousin who has a nephew older than her if that makes sense.
      Best wishes

  13. The Italian sojourn sounds wonderful. A lovely place to spend the summer and work with other musicians. I hope you won’t forget us. It sounds as if Mme B was a great success. Congratulations.

    1. I’ve never been on a school like this before so I’m very excited, I hope to share my experience on my blog but I’ll only know the wifi situation when I get there. Thanks Andrew.
      Best wishes

  14. Hi Charlotte, I hope you enjoy your 5 weeks in Italy. Make the most of it. Many years ago I worked in Venice for 6 months. … Will you still be blogging while away?

  15. How wonderful ~ and you look stunning in those shots, a perfect ending to what must have been an exhilarating experience…now off to Italy to have even more such experiences. Not bad at all 🙂

    1. It was a great opportunity to be part of a concert style opera and to listen to my first singing teacher going through her paces, just fabulous.
      Thanks Randall ☺️.
      Best wishes

  16. Glad everything went well for the beautiful summer evening, Charlotte! Enjoy your time in Italy and my very best to you… 🙂

  17. Thank you for the vicarious joy of following your first operatic performances (you must have sung the humming chorus) and I hope you have a fabulous time in Fiera di Primiera.

  18. So glad your performance went well. Enjoy your time in Italy – and the food! You are going to be so spoiled in that respect. 🙂

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