Crowds Flock To See Madame Butterfly

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Date posted: 5 July 2011

Over 400 people flocked into Derby's Market Place last night (July 4) to enjoy a balmy night of opera on the BBC Big Screen.

Puccini's Madame Butterfly was brought to life courtesy of a live relay from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

Spectators, many of whom had brought picnic hampers and deckchairs, were moved to tears by the story of a Japanese geisha's love for an American naval officer. Puccini's heartrendingly powerful music transported the audience through to the story's devastating conclusion.

Angela Drinkwater, Events Officer at the University of Derby said: "We were delighted with the attendance. It was wonderful to see the Market Place so full, and also to see people joining in and enjoying themsleves.

"A combination of the warm evening and the popularity of this well loved opera made the event a fabulous success."

The opera was preceded with a nationwide hum-a-long, the Derby hum was led by Derby's VoiceBox Choir.

Louise Angell, BBC Big Screen Manager - Derby and Leicester, said: "It was a wonderful event. Our partnership with the Royal Opera House in means we can deliver world class opera and ballet, for free, around city centres. The feedback we recieve for these events is always positive and we look forward to our next one."

Opera fans are in for another treat on Wednesday July 13 when an opera version of Cinderella will be shown on the screen. The show is once again courtesy of a live relay from the Royal Opera House.

Local entertainment starts at 6.40pm the screening is set to finish at 10.25pm. Pre-opera entertainment will be from The Viva String Quartet.

There will be some seating and refreshements available on the night but spectators are welcome to bring their own camping chairs and picnics.

Later in the month the Market place will host Derby's One Year To Go Sports Event. On Wednesday July 27th there will be a daytime celebration of exactly one year to go until the official opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Young people will be able to take part in a range of cultural activities;  including art, dance, drama, music and various sporting activities with films and Market Place action relayed live to the Big Screen.

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