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Performed in Italian with English supertitles

About Madame Butterfly

What sacrifices will one make in the name of love?

The famous tragedy of the young geisha Cio-Cio San and the American naval officer who pursues, then betrays, her comes alive with a fresh viewpoint for today’s audiences. Experience Puccini’s beloved masterpiece from Cio-Cio San’s perspective as she transforms from an object of lust into a fully realized woman, wife, and mother. Grounded in the original historical setting of the mid-19th century, the achingly beautiful music soars above a modern-day commentary on power dynamics and western exploitation. Opera News calls the production “proof that a ‘traditional’ approach need not lack excitement, credibility and passion.”

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2hr 32min (Inc. Intermission)

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Academy of Music

240 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

4/24 - 5/3

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