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About Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermonela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct.

The title character of MADAMA BUTTERFLY—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

Run Time

3hr 14min (incl. two intermissions)

Start Date

End Date

Metropolitan Opera House

30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists working in opera, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers. Nearly 800,000 people attend more than 200 performances in the opera house during the season, and millions more experience the Met through new media distribution initiatives and state-of-the-art technology. Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine, the Met engages the world’s greatest singers for productions staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera. Every spot in the opera house is equipped with MetTitles, a small seat-back screen featuring subtitles in multiple languages.

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