Ponteland lad joins world class opera stars

Isaac Hutchinson from Ponteland who will be on stage in Madam Butterfly
Isaac Hutchinson from Ponteland who will be on stage in Madam Butterfly

A Ponteland youngster is set to feature alongside world-class opera stars in an internationally-acclaimed production.

Isaac Hutchinson, a pupil at Ponteland First School, is to appear on stage with the Russian State Opera in Giacomo Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.

The six-year-old has been performing since he was two and has always showed a strong interest in theatre, films, dancing and singing.

He attends Stagecoach at Gosforth Academy and says he thoroughly enjoys it as he is always learning new songs and dance moves.

Isaac can be seen in the production at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on Friday, February 26.

Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madam Butterfly, first staged in 1904, is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grip the heart.

It tells the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

This touching tale of innocent love crushed amid two contrasting cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.

Producer Alexej Ignatow said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges to ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide spectrum of various classic pieces.

“With extensive national tours that get our productions seen the length and breadth of the country, we are able to offer national audiences in various theatres an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the price, all without sacrificing quality.

“It is very close to my heart to continue working with theatres all over the UK to deliver top-quality productions every year and make new converts wherever we go.

“No experience is needed to enjoy these classics. Our sets and costume designs, as well as the informative programmes, make the productions very accessible and, most of all, enjoyable.

“For opera, English subtitles make it easy to follow the story as you listen to the performance sung in its original language.”

To buy tickets for the Tyne Theatre production visit tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk