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Madama But­ter­fly

Tragedia giapponese by Giacomo Puccini

Saturday, 15/06/2024

06.00 PM - 08.55 PM

with one break

for the last time in this season

05.30 PM Introduction (in German)


Madama Butterfly header

In Italian with English and German surtitles

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Puccini’s “Japanese tragedy” tops the charts among the opera-going public, and the composer, too, was particularly moved by the fate of his Madama Butterfly, who is bought, used and then abandoned by Pinkerton, an officer of the American marines on leave. Underlying the stirring score and exquisite sound of the orchestra is not just a period drama set in picaresque Japan; at the story’s heart lies a conflict that will retain its relevance as long as a Cio-Cio-San has only the choice between prostitution and suicide.

DIGITAL Introduction (in German)

Online introduction


Musikalische Leitung

Directed by

Bühne, Kostüme




Dates and cast

Cast on 15/06/2024

Tagesaktuelle Dirigat

Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly)


Kate Pinkerton

B.F. Pinkerton



Fürst Yamadori

Der Onkel, ein Priester


Der kaiserliche Kommissar

Der Standesbeamte

Die Mutter Cio-Cio-Sans

Die Base

Die Tante




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Press reviews
Die Deutsche Bühne

"Die Kontrastschärfe zwischen elegischer Poesie und aufbrausender Dramatik wirkt beim Orchester der Staatsphilharmonie entspannter als in der Szene und das fließende Tempo entzieht dem Gemüt die Gemütlichkeit."

Nürnberger Nachrichten

"(...) viel Sympathie vom Publikum."

  • Jens Voskamp, Nürnberger Nachrichten
Nürnberger Zeitung

"Großes Gefühlskino im Opernhaus: Giacomo Puccinis Oper 'Madama Butterfly' bewies bei der Premiere am Samstag, was musikalisch - und psychologisch - in ihr steckt."

  • Thomas Heinold, Nürnberger Zeitung
Fränkischer Tag

"Kein einziges Buh"

  • Monika Beer, Fränkischer Tag

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