Opera Philadelphia

Madame Butterfly Postponed

Updated 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. 

When communities experience deep crisis we need the arts more than ever. It is therefore with a heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of this spring's performances of Madame Butterfly. This difficult decision was made in careful collaboration with our artists and staff, and in compliance with federal, state, and city directives to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are pleased to share that it is our intention to bring the production to Philadelphia in Spring 2022 with all contracted artists invited to return to their roles.

We look forward to sharing this and other incredible performances with you, our beloved audience, in the future. In the immediate term, however, we have much work to do in order to provide critical relief to the more than 250 artists and staff impacted by this decision. As Madame Butterfly was projected to be our biggest show of the season, we anticipate a $3 million loss of revenue. A loss of this magnitude could be catastrophic for the company, which does not have a large endowment to count on in times like these.

As a Madame Butterfly ticket holder, we are sure that you were looking forward to this upcoming production as much as we were looking forward to sharing it with you. During this very challenging time, we ask that you consider donating the value of your ticket back to Opera Philadelphia as a tax-deductible contribution. In addition, to the extent that you are able, we hope you will also consider making an additional contribution to Opera Philadelphia. In doing so, you will help to ensure that Opera Philadelphia can continue to support its artists and staff in the 2020–2021 Season and beyond. All new and increased gifts will be matched.

We know much is being asked of you today and that many organizations are seeking your support. Because the arts are so vital to the quality of life in our community, we are calling upon our entire Opera Philadelphia family to come together now, as generously as you are able, so that we can commit to rebuilding in the months ahead. If you would like to discuss your ticket donation or learn about other options, please call Guest Services at 215.732.8400 or email [email protected]. Please rest assured that while our physical offices are closed, our Guest Services team is available Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and we would love to assist you.

With your help, we can emerge from this crisis and begin to heal as a community. In the meantime, we will continue to develop and share online content that we hope will brighten your social distancing efforts.

The future of this company, and of opera in Philadelphia, is in our hands—and it’s up to us to work together to ensure that future. Please join us in this communal effort during this extraordinarily challenging time.



David B. Devan
General Director & President

Corrado Rovaris
Jack Mulroney Music Director


Contact us if you have any questions 

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Additional Resources 

Support Arts Organizations during COVID-19 

As a non-profit organization, we sincerely thank you for your continued support as we all work together during this rapidly evolving pandemic. 

Consider donating your unused tickets back to the organization. You will receive a tax receipt for your generous contribution. 

If you have the resources, consider making a financial donation to arts and cultural organizations impacted by shutdowns. 


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