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.

Cio-Cio San and her bridal party. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton are wed. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Suzuki comforts Cio-Cio San. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Pinkerton and Cio-Cio San declare their love. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

Cio-Cio San continues to have faith that Pinkerton will return. Photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera.

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