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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

New Production
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacose and Luigi Illica
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

Karen Chia-ling Ho and Anthony Ciaramitaro make their company debuts bringing Puccini's achingly beautiful score to life as the young geisha Cio-Cio-San and U.S. Navy Lt. Pinkerton. Anthony Clark Evans, who impressed in the title role of Rigoletto, returns as Sharpless, with mezzo Kristen Choi (The Raven) as Suzuki.

Opera Philadelphia has partnered with Art-Reach and Nicole Sardella to provide Audio Description for this production on May 5. Learn more>>

MapThe Academy of Music

Fri, Apr 26 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 28 2:00 p.m.
Fri, May 3 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 5 2:00 p.m.

Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

Maestro Corrado Rovaris' engagement as the Jack Mulroney Music Director has been made possible by Mrs. John P. Mulroney.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Ethan Heard
Ethan Heard *Director
Karen Chia-ling Ho
Karen Chia-ling Ho *Cio-Cio-San
Anthony Ciaramitaro
Anthony Ciaramitaro *Lt. Pinkerton
Anthony Clark Evans
Anthony Clark EvansSharpless
Kristen Choi
Kristen ChoiSuzuki
Martin Bakari
Martin Bakari *Goro
Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller *Yamadori
Suchan Kim
Suchan Kim *The Bonze
Hua Hua Zhang
Hua Hua Zhang *Puppet Artist
Anne Marie Stanley
Anne Marie Stanley *Kate Pinkerton
Sang B. Cho
Sang B. Cho *The Registrar
André Chiang
André Chiang *The Imperial Commissioner
Joanna Gates
Joanna GatesThe Aunt
Lauren Cook
Lauren CookThe Cousin
Evelyn Santiago Schulz
Evelyn Santiago SchulzThe Mother
George Somerville
George SomervilleYakuside
  • Yuki Izumihara * Production Designer
  • Connie Yun * Lighting Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Jennifer Shaw Stage Manager
  • Hunter Smith Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giacomo Puccini

The Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, born on December 22, 1858, started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works, which are among the most often performed in opera history. But the fame and fortune that came with such successes as La bohèmeMadame Butterfly and Tosca were complicated by an often-troubled personal life. Read more>>

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