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Madama Butterfly

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Booking Confirmation by email

Ticket pick-up at the evening box office

Run time: 2 hrs 45 mins, 2 intermissions

Sung in ITALIAN

Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese

Soprano Hui He is Cio-Cio-San, the trusting and innocent young geisha who falls in love with lieutenant Pinkerton (Marcelo Puente), only to later be abandoned by him. Noa Beinart is Suzuki, Cio-Cio-San’s loyal servant, and Boris Pinkhasovich plays the American consul Sharpless, who does all he can but is unable to avert tragedy.

Joana Mallwitz is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s stunning production, with its picturesque depiction of turn-of-the-century Japan.

After booking online, you will receive two emails: a Booking Request email will arrive immediately and a second, separate email with your Booking Confirmation will arrive within 48 hours.

We recommend arriving at least 30 min prior to curtain time. Please bring your printed Booking Confirmation to the Evening Box Office in the foyer of the Opera House. The evening box office opens one hour before curtain.

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Conductor Joana Mallwitz

Cio-Cio-San Hui He

Pinkerton Roberto Alagna

Sharpless Boris Pinkhasovich

Goro Andrea Giovannini

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was the leading opera composer of the early 20th century and achieved immense popularity in his own lifetime. His mature works – Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Boheme and Turandot – remain standard in the repertory of every opera company in the world.

The libretto is by Luigi Illica (1857–1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847–1906), after the play Madame Butterfly by David Belasco, based on the short story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long, which in turn is based on the semi-autobiographical 1887 novel Madame Chrysanthème by the French novelist Pierre Loti.