Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible 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 from19th-century European images of Japan.

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Tuesday 27 September & Sunday 2 October 2022


Standard £18, Concession £16

Run time:

3 hours 10 minutes with interval



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