About Madame Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini’s tragic tale of a Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American serviceman at the dawn of the 20th century gains new life in Anthony Minghella’s compelling and gorgeous production. Soprano Amanda Echalaz appears at the Met for the first time as the doomed Cio-Cio-San, and young Bryan Hymel plays Pinkerton in the classic work, first performed in 1904, that has become one of the most beloved operas ever created. Madame Butterfly is a co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera and the Lithuanian National Opera.
One of the most important culture institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents more than 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century baroque to 19th century bel canto to 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location on Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
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.
One of the most accessible and moving operas in the repertory, Madame Butterfly is a good choice for neophytes and veteran opera goers alike.
Good for kids?
This is a heavy opera which may not be enjoyable for small children
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center