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.

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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—and controversial—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

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

“[Etienne] Dupuis the Canadian baritone deploys immense charm and seduction, phrasing with infinite finesse.”
Opera News

“[Adela Zaharia’s] voice was equal parts shimmer and opulence.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Luca] Pisaroni’s natural charm comes through, lending Leporello a touch of swagger.”
The New York Times


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 & 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 Marc Heinz *
Projection 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, Seperoper Dresden,
and Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.


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