Madama butterfly

Giacomo Puccini • October 6, 9, 12, 14, 2018

Set in 1904 Japan, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is often considered the pinnacle of operatic tragedy, and has become one of today’s most beloved operas.

The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Miss SaigonMadama Butterfly follows the tragic love story of the innocent, naive geisha Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton, a callous US naval officer.

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.

Madama Butterfly is unparalleled in its heart-wrenching portrayal of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. Accompanied by an achingly beautiful score, this opera promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Linda Brovsky directs.

Wedding broker Goro (Julius Ahn) jokes with his client Lt. B.F Pinkerton (Cody Austin) Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Cio-Cio San (Dina Kuznetsova) and her maid Suzuki (Laurel Semerdjian) prepare the house for Pinkerton's return. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Cio-Cio San’s (Dina Kuznetsova) son Trouble (Aidyn Rayan Dasgupta) gives Sharpless (Michael Mayes) a toy ship. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

American Consul Sharpless (Michael Mayes) listens to Lt. B.F Pinkerton (Cody Austin) extol the virtues of living as a wandering Yankee. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Kate Pinkerton (Antonia Botti-Lodovico). Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Prince Yamadori (Ben Taylor) tries and fails to win Cio-Cio San’s (Dina Kuznetsova) heart while Sharpless (Michael Mayes) looks on with concern. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

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