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The Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

7 Apr 2024

Tickets: £16


When the young geisha, CioCioSan, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion with tragic 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 heartbreaking.

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19thcentury
European images of Japan.
Asmik Grigorian performs the role of CioCioSan, with Kevin
John Edusei conducting.

Running time 195 minutes (including one interval)
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Music by Giacomo Puccini
ConductorKevin John Edusei

DirectorsMoshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier

Set DesignerChristian Fenouillat

Costume DesignerAgostino Cavalca

Lighting DesignerChristophe Forey


CioCioSan – Asmik Grigorian
Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton  – Joshua Guerrero

SharplessLauri Vasar

SuzukiHongni Wu

GoroYaChung Huang

The BonzeJeremy White

Prince YamadoriJosef Jeongmeen Ahn

Kate PinkertonVeena AkamaMakia

Imperial CommissionerRomanas Kudriašovas

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

A coproduction with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

For behind the scenes pre-show information visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/madama-butterfly-in-cinemas-details