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"The most beautiful show of the year in operatic London" Sunday Telegraph

About Madam Butterfly

Puccini's Madam Butterfly

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera is based in part on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which was then based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and partially on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. The Premiere took place in 17 February 1904 in La Scala's Milan. In 1907, Puccini made his final revisions to the opera in a fifth version, which has become known as the standard version and is the one which is most often performed around the world, in three Acts. This is the version the ENO is presenting. Ticket prices start at £25.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, she waits for him. She knows that a love as perfect as hers, as pure and powerful, could never fail to bring him back, across the ocean. He will return. She is sure he will. One fine day.

Madam Butterfly is one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images, traditional Japanese theatre, colourful costumes and stunning sets, Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production has been hailed as ‘the most beautiful show of the year’ (Sunday Telegraph).

Richard Armstrong conducts Puccini’s heart-rending score. The superb cast is led by American soprano Rena Harms as Butterfly and British tenor David Butt Philip in his role debut as Pinkerton.

'Ravishingly beautiful' ★★★★★ Evening Standard

Madam Butterfly cast and creative team

Conductor    Sir Richard Armstrong / Martin Fitzpatrick (Jul 5 and 7)
Director   Anthony Minghella
Associate Director/Choreographer  Carolyn Choa
Revival Choreographer  Anita Griffin
Revival Director  Sarah Tipple
Set Designer  Michael Levine
Costume Designer  Han Feng

A LondonTheatreDirect.com favourite!

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Madam Butterfly Customer Reviews

4 / 5 (110)
2 August

The production was excellent however the vocals were virtually inaudible from the dress circle, very disappointing

10 July

A spectacular performance that left us wanting to watch more opera!

10 July

The opera itself was very nice but the whole experience was ruined by the fact that we were in the Upper row L and we weren't able to see the subtitles that are quite important during opera otherwise it is very difficult to understand what is being sung. This ruined our experience. Few people from our row left after the 1st act. This fact wasn't made clear during the tickets purchase!

9 July

I was sat in the circle in row L. I could not hear the the singing very well at all. the sound appeared to get better in the 2nd act but wasn't brilliant all the way through. Visually the production was beautiful and the orchestra was amazing.

8 July

Disappointed by the poor acoustics in the theatre - our seats were the back row of the dress circle. Unable to distinguish the words being sung in English. Our neighbouring people also made the same comments.

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