Madame Butterfly

A Journey of Innocence, Betrayal and Sacrifice

Puccini's Madame Butterfly follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the child bride who renounces her religion in embracing of all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honor which governs her tragic destiny. Feauturing Puccini's longest and most passionate love duet, much of his most lyrical music, including the “Humming Chorus” and “Flower Duet,” a justly famous soprano aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax. 

In 1898, a dapper Philadelphia lawyer named John Luther Long wrote a short novel called “Madame Butterfly,” about a callous American naval lieutenant who marries a 15-year-old Japanese geisha and then deserts her. Two years later, legendary impresario David Belasco created a Broadway sensation with his stage adaptation. Puccini saw Belasco’s London production later that summer, loved its theatricality and pathos, and sought the rights to use it for his next opera. “The more I think of Butterfly the more irresistibly I am attracted,” he wrote in November of 1900. “If only I had it here so I could start work on it!”


Season

2018

Words By

Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the play by David Belasco

Words By

Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the play by David Belasco

Sung In

Italian

Instant Translation Screen

English
Spanish


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“sensitive, freshly considered and affectingly sung”

The New York Times [2010 premiere at SFO]

Artists

Kelly Kaduce
Kelly Kaduce

Cio-Cio-San

June 30-July 20

Ana María Martínez
Ana María Martínez

Cio-Cio-San

July 30-August 24

Megan Marino
Megan Marino

Suzuki

Nicholas Pallesen
Nicholas Pallesen

Sharpless

Matthew DiBattista
Matthew DiBattista

Goro

Lee Blakeley
Lee Blakeley

Director

Jader Bignamini
Jader Bignamini

Conductor

Rick Fisher
Rick Fisher

Lighting Design

Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Costume Design

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