Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Royal Opera House

  • Opens: Thursday, 14 March 2024 -
    Booking until: Thursday, 18 July 2024
  • Running time: 2hr 45mins (incl. interval)
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Madama Butterfly
Madama Butterfly description

When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.

Asmik Grigorian and Hrachuhí Bassénz share the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Assisted performances
BSL Interpreted Performance: Monday 15 April 2024 at 7.30pm.

Playing at Royal Opera House

Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD GB (venue info)

Royal Opera House Directions

Age restrictions

Parental guidance recommended

Important information

This performance contains stylised depictions of suicide

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - -
Thu 12:30 -
Fri - 19:30
Sat 12:30 -
Sun - -