About Madama Butterfly
Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production of the tragic tale of a Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American serviceman at the dawn of the 20th century has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Two of the world’s foremost Butterflys, sopranos Kristine Opolais and Patricia Racette, share the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Roberto Alagna sing Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Madame Butterfly is co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera and the Lithuanian National Opera.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Performances of Madama Butterfly vary from February 19 to April 12, 2016.
Three hours and 18 minutes (two intermissions)
Good for kids?
This is a heavy opera which may not be enjoyable for small children.
Did you know?
While Madame Butterfly is based largely on a short story by John Luther Long, there is some conjecture that it may be based on actual events that transpired in Nagasaki at the end of the 19th century.
Puccini’s work has been adapted and appropriated countless times. The first film version was a silent one, made in 1915 with Mary Pickford in the title role.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center