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    East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance.

    Madama Butterfly makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production.

    When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.

    A tragic love story

    Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Compressing ‘great grief into small souls’, as the composer himself described it, Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

    Puccini’s opera makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production that updates the original turn-of-the-century setting to the 1950s, confronting the darker political and emotional currents of a work that acknowledges that there are some barriers too great for even love to conquer.

    A revival of the Tour 2016 production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


    Important dates for Festival 2018


    Madama Butterfly is supported by Christopher

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
    Director Annilese Miskimmon
    Designer Nicky Shaw
    Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
    Movement Director Kally Lloyd Jones

    Cast includes

    Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
    Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
    Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
    Sharpless Michael Sumuel
    Goro Carlo Bosi / François Piolino

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus