2023

Madame Butterfly

NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CO-PRODUCTION

By Giacomo Puccini

Overview

Dates

June 3–July 1, 2023

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Price

Starts at $31

Run Time

Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Language

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Libretto

Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

NEW CO-PRODUCTION

Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts a new staging of
Puccini’s heartbreaking drama from director Amon Miyamoto.

Costume designs by late fashion icon Kenzō Takada adorn
a cast that stars Karah Son, Michael Fabiano, Hyona Kim,
Lucas Meachem, and Julius Ahn.

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Why 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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The Buzz

"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

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

"[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

Synopsis

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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Creative Team

Production

Amon Miyamoto*

Set Designerr

Boris Kudlička

Costume Designer

Kenzō Takada*

Lighting Designer

Fabio Antoci*

Production Designer

Bartek Macias

* San Francisco Opera Debut

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

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

Hear The Music


Audio excerpts are from the 2007 cast of Madama Butterfly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles.

“Addio, fiorito asil”/Brandon Jovanovich; Butterfly’s Entrance/Patrcia Racette and the San Francisco Opera Women’s Chorus; Flower Duet/Patricia Racette and Zheng Cao; “Un bel di” (central section)/Patricia Racette; “Vogliatemi bene”/Patricia Racette and Brandon Jovanovich

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.