Madama Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 55 minutes with 1 intermission

An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San’s child—back with him. Puccini lost his heart to his heroine, and so will you, in music of miraculous beauty and aching, deeply poignant dramatic truth.

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February 2020

Thursday

02/06

7:00 PM

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02/09

2:00 PM

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02/14

7:00 PM

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02/17

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02/21

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02/24

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02/29

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Wednesday

03/04

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03/05

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03/07

7:30 PM

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03/08

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Meet The Artists

Ana María Martínez

Cio-Cio-San (Feb 6-29 & Mar 5 & 8)

Lianna Haroutounian*

Cio-Cio-San (Mar 4 & 7)

Brian Jagde

Pinkerton (Feb 6-29 & Mar 5 & 8)

Brandon Jovanovich

Pinkerton (Mar 4 & 7)

Deborah Nansteel

Suzuki

Anthony Clark Evans†

Sharpless

Rodell Rosel†

Goro

Henrik Nánási

Conductor

Michael Grandage

Original Director

Louisa Muller

Revival Director

Christopher Oram

Set and Costume Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni

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Production Sponsors

SYLVIA NEIL AND DANIEL FISCHEL
RANDY L. AND MELVIN R. BERLIN
MARION A. CAMERON
A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Photo: Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera