Madame Butterfly


By Giacomo Puccini
June 3, 6, 9, 18, 21, 24, 27; July 1, 2023


Three years she waited. He did not.

Each night, the young Cio-Cio-San looks out over the port of Nagasaki, eagerly waiting the return of her husband, U.S. Naval officer Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Alongside her is their young son, Trouble, who has never met his father. But disappointment is about to sail across the horizon when Pinkerton arrives with his recently wedded American wife.

Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts a new staging of Puccini’s heartbreaking drama from director Amon Miyamoto, who reimagines this classic through the eyes of Trouble.

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Why You Should See It

One of the most iconic operas on stage today, this heartbreaking drama marks a high point in Puccini’s music, inspiring reactions from M. Butterfly to Fatal Attraction.

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OperaVision: June 3, 6, 9
Livestream: June 9

The Taube Media Suite is made possible in part, by Dianne and Tad Taube and John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn.

The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

"[Lucas] Meachem is a physically commanding performer with a voice to match; he uses it with lots of variety and color."
-Santa Fe New Mexican

“[Michael] Fabiano’s vocal grandeur — now sweeping and impassioned, now delicately pointed — had a way of carrying everything along with him.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Karah Son sings Cio-Cio-San with a pure sound of rounded beauty, which is, by turn, caressing and thrilling, achieving searing power in climactic notes with never a hint of stridency."
-The Sydney Herald


A 15-year-old Japanese girl devotes herself to her absent American husband—only to discover, after years of waiting, that he married another woman while abroad.

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Cast and Creative

Cio-Cio-San Karah Son *
Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton Michael Fabiano
Suzuki Hyona Kim
Sharpless Lucas Meachem
Goro Julius Ahn


June 3, 6, 9, 18, 21, 24, 27; July 1, 2023

Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Production Amon Miyamoto *
Set Designer Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer Kenzō Takada *
Lighting Designer Fabio Antoci *
Production Designer Bartek Macias
Chorus Director John Keene

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Madame Butterfly can be found in our Archive.

New San Francisco Opera co-production with the
Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation, Semperoper Dresden,
and Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

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