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Madame Butterfly

ACT I A Samurai, the father of Butterfly, has been disgraced. In the last moments before he commits Hari Kari he sells his daughter to the marriage broker, Goro. Butterfly enters the world of Geisha with her only possession, her father's sword, and dresses in her new kimono.
Madame Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer.
Butterfly is fragile, unworldly, and prepared to sacrifice everything for the love of the handsome American, Lieutenant Pinkerton. He deserts her only to return years later with his new wife. Abandoned and betrayed Butterfly is left with only one honourable course of action.
John Longstaff
Born: Lancashire. Education: Girton College, Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Companies/Organisations: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Northern Ballet Theatre (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director); Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor The Nutcracker and Giselle).
David Nixon, OBE
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.

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