August 6, 2018
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Pittsburgh Opera presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the heart-breaking story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice
Pittsburgh Opera opens our 80th season with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Set in early 1900s Japan, Madama Butterfly is often considered the pinnacle of operatic tragedy, and has become one of today’s most beloved operas.
Madama Butterfly follows the tragic love story of the innocent and naive geisha Cio-Cio San and the callous US naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton.
Cio-Cio San, while still a teenager, forsakes her family, heritage, and religion for Pinkerton. But what she considers to be true love, he considers a casual fling. Cio-Cio San clings to the increasingly unrealistic belief that Pinkerton will return to her. Accompanied by an achingly beautiful score, Madama Butterfly promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Linda Brovsky directs.
On stage October 6, 9, 12 & 14, Madama Butterfly is unparalleled in its deeply affecting portrayal of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. Adult tickets start at just $14 – with children’s tickets for those ages 6-18 starting at just $7. Season tickets are now on sale and available online; single tickets go on sale August 27th.
Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh
- Saturday, October 6 - 8:00 PM
- Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00 PM
- Friday, October 12 - 7:30 PM
- Sunday, October 14 - 2:00 PM
2 hours and 38 minutes, including one intermission
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Tickets and Group Discounts
Single tickets go on sale August 27th. Single tickets for adults start at $14 for all performances; tickets for children ages 6-18 start at $7.
Group Discounts available; group tickets are now available for sale.
Call 412-456-6666 for more information, or buy tickets online.
- Please contact Chris Cox for reservations
- Photo Call (9/24, 12:30 PM) – location TBA
- Full Dress Rehearsal (10/4, 7:00 – 10:00 PM), Benedum Center
Madama Butterfly Events
- Opera Up Close (9/23)
- WQED Preview (9/29 & 10/5)
- Meet the Artists (10/9)
- Audio Commentary (10/9)
- Free Brown Bag concert (10/13)
See the Madama Butterfly show page for complete Cast and Artistic Team.
Fun Facts about Madama Butterfly
- Madama Butterfly was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Miss Saigon, which is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.
- Giacomo Puccini composed three of the world’s top ten operas. World-wide, Madama Butterfly was the seventh-most performed opera of 2017-18, according to Operabase. La bohème was fourth and Tosca was fifth.
- Puccini wrote five versions of Madama Butterfly. Pittsburgh Opera will be performing the second of these five, called the Brescia version in honor of the Italian city where it was first performed in 1904.
- For the second consecutive opera, a Russian soprano will make her Pittsburgh Opera debut. Dina Kuznetsova, who was born in Moscow, will sing the title role of Cio-Cio San. This past April, Ekaterina Siurina made her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Adina in The Elixir of Love.
See the Madama Butterfly show page for complete synopsis.
- PNC is the 2019-19 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
- WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
- Tuesday performance sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center