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Opera Philadelphia - Madame Butterfly

April 26 - May 5, 2024

Philadelphia Opera welcomes a new production of Madame Butterfly!

Why See Opera Philadelphia - Madame Butterfly?

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A new production of 'Madame Butterfly' is coming to Philadelphia. Featuring music composed by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Ethan Heard, and libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, let Opera Philadelphia transport you to Puccini's Japanese fantasy. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and artistry, seamlessly blending Western and Eastern influences.

Madame Butterfly

The tragic love story is set in the early 20th century. A US naval officer named Pinkerton is stationed in Nagasaki, Japan and marries a local girl named  Cio-Cio-San, also known as 'Butterfly'.But after their marriage, she is soon abandoned by her new husband. Devastated, she never gives up on his return. When the pair finally reunite, she discovers that he has an American wife. Cio-Cio-San must make a difficult decision, but will it lead to her downfall?

Giacomo Puccini 

Known as the greatest Italian opera composer of his time, Puccini was the first to embrace the trend of realism in his works. While there were expectations that he would follow in his father's footsteps as a composer, he initially showed little interest in music. However, his mother decided to find him a tutor at a local music school. Over time, he improved, and by the age of 14, he became the church organist and started composing his first musical pieces. In 1876, he discovered his true calling when he attended a production of Verdi's 'Aida,' marking the beginning of his long career in opera.

The Company 

Soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho and tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro are making their first appearances with the company, portraying the geisha and her impulsive American husband, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton views her merely as an object to be acquired, enjoyed, and discarded. Anthony Clark Evans, known for his role in "Rigoletto" in 2022, returns as the concerned American consul Sharpless, while mezzo Kristen Choi, who starred in "The Raven" in 2022, takes on the role of the loyal maid Suzuki.

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Opening night: 26 April 2024

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Performed in Italian with English supertitles


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Karen Chia-ling Ho as Cio-Cio-San
Anthony Ciaramitaro as Pinkerton
Anthony Clask Evans as Sharpless
Kristen Choi as Suzuki
Julius Ahn as Goro
Kyle Miller as Yamadori
Suchan Kim as The Booze
Anne Marie Stanely as Kate Pinterton
Andre Chiang as The Imperial Commissioner


Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Conducted by Corrado Rovaris
Directed by Aria Umezawa
Scenic design by Yuki Izumihara
Costume by YUka Uehara
Lighting by Connie Yun
Elizabeth Braden as Chorus Master

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