CLASSICAL music fans are being invited to The Anvil to watch an award-winning opera.

A new production of Madama Butterfly will be in Basingstoke on Sunday, March 17, featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv, with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra.

The show will see exquisite sets, a spectacular Japanese garden, and fabulous costumes, including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

One of the world's most popular operas, Puccini's Madama Butterfly tells the heartbreaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day, and the unforgettable Love Duet.

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Producer Ellen Kent personally hand-picks and directs all soloists to create visually beautiful and moving productions.

She said: "I am delighted to be working with the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv again after the huge success of the spring 2023 tour.

"I started working with Ukraine in 2000 and have continued these strong relationships ever since, working with the Odessa National Opera for which I was awarded The Golden Fortune Honorary Medal from the President of the Ukraine, as well as the Kharkiv National Opera and for the last couple of years with the brilliant Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv."

Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

For more information and to buy your tickets visit, or call the box office on 01256 844244.