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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This production of Madama Butterfly was presented at Lyric February 6 – March 8, 2020. Visit the Lyric Opera calendar to see what is currently on stage.

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Madama Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

“Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolini”
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“Un bel dì vedremo”
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“Addio, fiorito asil”
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Madama Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Elinor Olin
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Program Book

Go inside this production of Madama Butterfly with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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


Anthony Clark Evans†


Rodell Rosel†


Henrik Nánási


Michael Grandage

Original Director

Louisa Muller

Revival Director

Christopher Oram

Set and Costume Designer

Neil Austin

Original Lighting Designer

Chris Maravich

Revival Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni

Pre-Opera Talks

Join us in the theater one hour before the curtain rises for a free, 30-minute preview talk about the opera. Learn more about pre-opera talks.

Audio-Described Performance & Touch Tour

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Audio-described performances include a narration which guides the listener through the presentation via headphones. Guided touch tours tailored to patrons who are blind or have low vision are held prior to the performance. Please contact Audience Services at 312.827.5600 and a representative will assist you with choosing seats that meet your needs. Click here to learn more.

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Photos: Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera