facebook pixel

Now Playing Through July 1, 2023

Madame Butterfly


By Giacomo Puccini



June 3–July 1, 2023


Giacomo Puccini


Starts at $31

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours 41 minutes including one intermission


Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa


Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts a new staging of
Puccini’s heartbreaking drama from director Amon Miyamoto. Told through the eyes of Trouble, the son of Cio-Cio-San and Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, this unique production provides a new perspective on an age-old story.

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

Pre-Opera Talk with Nick Ishimaru


Digital Program Book  Download

See a Performance

The Buzz

"Music Director Eun Sun Kim deployed her trademark combination of forceful clarity and rhythmic freedom to bring out the score’s irresistible surges and ebbs..."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"American tenor Michael Fabiano, always a welcome presence in War Memorial, brought his blazing tone and easy fluency to the role of Pinkerton."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"...baritone Lucas Meachem gave a superbly forward performance that made the character’s blend of virtue and moral weakness shine forth."
- San Francisco Chronicle


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.

Read Complete Synopsis

* San Francisco Opera Debut

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

Digital Exhibit


Madame Butterfly

Made Possible By

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