Dressing Room note from Madama Butterfly to Carmen

Dearest Carmen,

I’ve heard that you will be visiting the Coliseum in London very soon.  So I thought to leave you this note to welcome you back. 

Firstly, I must admit that over the passing century, I have secretly coveted your castanets and also your very catchy tune in Act I.  Admittedly, I do have a very famous tune in Act II, but there’s a part of me that yearns to dance the Habanera with the same freedom and passion as you.

What I most admire about you Carmen, is the decision you made to live your life on your terms. If I think about it long enough, and let’s face it, I have a lot of time to reflect - there is a life lesson in this for me.

But recently, when I saw the poster announcing your imminent arrival, I was concerned to see that you’ve had a change of heart and have succumbed to the trappings of a consumerist society.  I’m so sorry to see that you have lost your way and sincerely hope that you re-discover your liberty very soon, otherwise I fear that your death in the final Act will only be a tragedy for the High Street.

And so from one tragic heroine to another tragic heroine, to you I say, liberté, égalité, fraternité ! 

With fondness and foreboding,

Madama Butterfly


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