Madama Butterfly Puccini

Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Brought to life through a cast of very human characters, this hugely atmospheric production lays bare a poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.

Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.


One of the world's most popular operas, Butterfly sees Puccini doing what he does best  – writing beautiful music that is dramatic and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.

Listen to extracts from Madama Butterfly:
Dovunque al mondo
Ah! Quanto cielo!
Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino
Un bel dì vedremo
Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio (flower duet)
Humming Chorus

Courtesy of EMI Classics
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Enkelejda Shkosa, Fabio Capitanucci


Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Sung in Italian with English supertitles 2 hrs 40 mins approximately
Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Thu 8 May 7.15pmSun 11 May 4.00pmTue 13 May 7.15pm

Thu 15 May 7.15pmSat 17 May 7.15pm

Free events
Madama Butterfly UnwrappedFri 9 May 6.00pm
Pre-show talkSat 17 May 6.00pm
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Wed 21 May 7.15pmSat 24 May 7.15pmTue 27 May 7.15pm

Thu 29 May 7.15pmSat 31 May 7.15pmTue 29 Jul 7.15pm

Thu 31 Jul 7.15pmSun 3 Aug 4.00pm

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Madama Butterfly UnwrappedThu 22 May 6.00pm
Pre-show talkSat 31 May 6.00pm
Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

Thu 5 Jun 7.15pmSat 7 Jun 7.15pm

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Madama Butterfly UnwrappedFri 6 Jun 6.00pm
Pre-show talkSat 7 Jun 6.00pm
His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL

Thu 12 Jun 7.30pmSat 14 Jun 7.30pm

Free events
Madama Butterfly UnwrappedFri 13 Jun 6.00pm
Pre-show talkSat 14 Jun 6.00pm
Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7HR

Thu 19 Jun 7.15pmSat 21 Jun 7.15pm

Free events
Madama Butterfly UnwrappedFri 20 Jun 6.00pm

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