Passengers on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 are in for a new operatic treat from next month. Showings of a performance of Carmen in 3D in the 450-seat Illuminations Theatre are to be replaced by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
With memorable arias like One Fine Day, and the popular Humming Chorus, It is expected to play to full houses, according to Cunard president Peter Shanks, and RealD president Joseph Peixoto says: ” There are few British institutions more respected and admired in the world than the Royal Opera and Cunard.
“To bring this world-class production to Queen Mary 2 ensures it will be seen on cruises throughout the world, just as it will be enjoyed in cinemas around the world this year. The 3D filmmakers of this beautiful and powerful film make you feel like you’re standing on the stage at Covent Garden.”
The performance – which thankfully will not feature the unctuous introduction from the trailer above – features Chinese-Canadian soprano Liping Zhang as Cio-Cio-San (Madam Butterfly) and American tenor James Valenti as Lieut Pinkerton.