Opera Philadelphia

Madame Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

What sacrifices will one make in the name of love?

Director Ted Huffman eloquently unravels Puccini's 115-year-old musical masterpiece for today's audiences, elevating what was once considered a period piece into a modern-day commentary on power dynamics and western exploitation, set soaring with its achingly beautiful score. 

MapAcademy of Music

Dates are Apr. - May 2020.

Fri, Apr 24 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 26 2:00 p.m.
Wed, Apr 29 7:00 p.m.
Fri, May 1 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 3 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 32 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

Production of Opernhaus Zürich

The Academy Series is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Ted Huffman
Ted HuffmanDirector
Eri Nakamura
Eri Nakamura *as Cio-Cio San
Bryan Hymel
Bryan Hymelas Lt. Pinkerton
Anthony Clark Evans
Anthony Clark Evans *as Sharpless
Kristen Choi
Kristen Choi *as Suzuki
Julius Ahn
Julius Ahnas Goro
Wei Wu
Wei Wu *as Bonze
Takaoki Onishi
Takaoki Onishi *as Prince Yamadori
Ethan Vincent
Ethan Vincent *as The Imperial Commissioner
Kendra Broom
Kendra Broomas Kate Pinkerton
  • Michael Levine Scenic Design
  • Annemarie Woods * Costume Design
  • Franck Evin * Lighting Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Lisa Anderson Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Director
  • Jennifer Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • Savannah Valigura Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giacomo Puccini

The Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858, in Lucca, Italy, where since the 1730s his family had been tightly interwoven with the musical life of the city, providing five generations of organists and composers to the Cathedral of San Martino, Lucca’s religious heart. It was therefore taken for granted that Giacomo would carry on this legacy, succeeding his father, Michele, in the role first held by his great-great grandfather. Read more

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