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Cultures clash when a trusting young woman marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s gut-wrenching music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale.
Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximately 2 hours, 48 minutes with one intermission
Great for date night and first-time operagoers. Fans of South Pacific and Miss Saigon.
Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.
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Lianna Haroutounian is a Butterfly for the ages!
The Mercury News
Get a ticket if you can—this is one that opera lovers are likely to be talking about for a long, long time.
In his first U.S. appearance, the Italian tenor Vincenzo Costanzo made an impressive Pinkerton, singing with ardor and stylistic assurance.
San Francisco Chronicle
It was a joy to bask once again in the magnificence of her singing.
Conductor Yves Abel made a welcome return to lead a performance of tenderness and dramatic urgency.
Mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde’s sensitive, vocally resplendent performance as the maid Suzuki was only the latest step in this Adler Fellow’s methodical, thrilling march toward greatness.
Jun Kaneko’s colorful production evokes the milieu of early 20th-century Nagasaki while lending the action a vibrant, eye-catching backdrop.
She injected her performance with a new jolt of energy—vaulting to high notes, shaping individual phrases with fierce vitality—and all without sacrificing anything in the way of elegance or gentility of tone.
A young Japanese woman is abandoned by her American naval officer husband, resulting in tragic consequences.
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November 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, and 29 December 1 and 4, 2016
* San Francisco Opera Debut
1November 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29, and December 1
A co-production with Opera Omaha.
Previous performances of Madame Butterfly can be found in our Archive.
For Puccini, the story of Madama Butterfly offered a way to sharpen his theatrical instincts while expanding his orchestral palette.
Artist Jun Kaneko discusses his inspiration and process for designing Madama Butterfly.
Madama Butterfly had its first appearance at San Francisco Opera in 1924.
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This production is made possible, in part, by: The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund; Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund; Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and Kaiser Permanente.
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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Madame Butterfly/Cory Weaver