Cio-Cio San's open heart and trusting nature are the reasons that Pinkerton should love her, and the reasons that we weep at the end of the opera.
We're introduced to the lopsided love between a young Japanese woman and Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer. The young woman, nicknamed Butterfly, gives up her family and her religion to be with Pinkerton. Pinkerton gives up nothing, and promptly leaves for nearly three years. He eventually returns, with his American wife, and the young Butterfly is mortally devastated.
• All performances of Madama Butterfly are at the Benedum Center.
• Audio Commentary is available at the TUESDAY, March 19 performance.
• UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
• Estimated run time is 2 hours, 45 minutes, with 1 intermission.
• Join us one hour before each performance for the Pre-Opera Talk. Free to all performance ticketholders, Pre-Opera Talks are full of insights on the opera, the composer, and more!
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Photos: David Bachman Photography
PREVIEW: "...a tale of love, death, betrayal and more" - Tribune-Review, 3/10/13
PREVIEW: "...tenor has little trouble with the top of his range" - Post-Gazette, 3/14/13
PREVIEW: "...'Butterfly' brings director back home" - Imagine Pittsburgh Now, 3/15/13
REVIEW: Customer Review #1, 3/16/13 - a couple's first time at the opera
REVIEW: Customer Review #2, 3/16/13 - a subscriber's comments
REVIEW: "...an unusual staging of Madama Butterfly" - Tribune-Review, 3/18/13
REVIEW: "A night at the opera..." - Wheeling Intelligencer, 3/18/13
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera's 'Butterfly' soars" - Post-Gazette, 3/18/13
REVIEW: "Cultural lessons on respect for women" - Pgh Lesbian Correspondents, 3/20/13
REVIEW: "PIttsburgh Opera's Madama Butterfly" - Great Scott! Blog, 3/20/13
REVIEW: "In the big city: Madama Butterfly" - Tall Tales from a Small Town, 3/21/13
|Pre-Opera Talks||Opera Up Close|
|Meet the Artists Q&A||OPERAEncore|
|Brown Bag Concerts|
|Read the story of Madama Butterfly|
|The Cast and Artistic Team|
|Music and Videos|
|NEW! View the STUDY GUIDE for Madama Butterfly, produced by our Education Department|
(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)
Maria Luigia Borsi+
Conductor: Jean-Luc Tingaud
Stage Director: Crystal Manich
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer: Susan Memmott Allred
Lighting Designer: Cindy Limauro
Asst. Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Wig & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*
Pinkerton soothes Butterfly: "Somoglia la dea della luna (love duet)" - Pavarotti, Freni
Butterfly assures Suzuki that Pinkerton will return: "Un bel di vedremo" - Freni
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Pinkerton and Butterfly embark on their wedding night - Hymel, Borsi
Pinkerton says goodbye to his Japanese home - Hymel, Croft
Christopher Hahn interviews Daniel Frontz ("Trouble") at Meet the Artists
Roger Honeywell substitutes on short notice at the Tuesday performance (Meet the Artists)