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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023


19 Feb - 12 Apr 2016

Marco Armiliato conducted a lithe performance that revealed the surging colors and climaxes of Puccini's lush score

New York Times

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The opera that inspired a Broadway smash hit

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with the lead roles of Cio-Cio San shared by Kristine Opolais and Hui He, and Pinkerton sung by Adam Diegel and Gwyn Hughes Jones. This is the second outing for this collaboration between the Met, the English National Opera and Lithuanian National Opera and is widely known as the opera that inspired the Broadway musical Miss Saigon.

What is it about?

The title character Madama Butterfly or, Cio-Cio San to her friends - is a young Japanese geisha who naively believes her marital arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage. One of the most defining and tragic roles in contemporary opera, the story looks behind the Orientalism and casual imperialism to the people affected directly by the actions of Pinkerton and his callous attitude towards his young bride, who he leaves with their child, only to return three years later with a new, American-born wife. Rather than live in shame, Cio-Cio San chooses to die with honor, committing suicide with the very same knife used by her father, but not before shielding her son's eyes first.

One of the most and stirring and tearjerking musical pieces in the opera is the iconic Humming Chorus, which takes place off-stage as Butterfly, her son, and her maid Suzuki start the long vigil through the night as they wait for Pinkerton's ship to dock at Nagasaki.

Additional Information


Opening night: 19 February 2016

Booking through until: 12 April 2016


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Three hours and fifteen minutes with two intermissions

And before you stop reading

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish


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