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Madama Butterfly


Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

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

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.


Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences.

For booking information please go here.

Cast and Creatives

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Set Designer: Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designer: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting Designer: Christophe Forey

Cio-Cio-San: Asmik Grigorian
Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton: Joshua Guerrero
Sharpless: Lauri: Vasar
Suzuki: Hongni Wu
Goro: Ya-Chung Huang
The Bonze: Jeremy White
Prince Yamadori: Josef Jeongmeen Ahn
Kate Pinkerton: Veena Akama-Makia
Imperial Commissioner: Romanas Kudriašovas

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Kevin John Edusei


Tue. 26 Mar, 2024


19:15 - 22:30