About Madama Butterfly

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A tender kiss can conceal the hardest of hearts. As a young Japanese geisha believes her relationship with a visiting American naval officer will be forever, topics of cultural and sexual imperialism are explored in Madama Butterfly, performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. In a production with lyrical beauty, you’ll want to see world-renowned star Placido Domingo take on the role of Sharpless.

WHO’S IN IT?: MADAMA BUTTERFLY CAST

The cast of Madama Butterfly includes Hui He (as Cio-Cio San, October 11/15/18, November 2/6/9/13/16/22/25), Ana María Martínez (as Cio-Cio San, April 1/4/7/11), Elizabeth DeShong (as Suzuki, October 11/15/18, November 2/6/9/13/16/22), Mary Ann McCormick (as Suzuki, November 25), Maria Zifchak (as Suzuki, April 1/4/7/11), Piero Pretti (as Pinkerton, October 11/15/18), Andrea Carè (as Pinkerton, November 2/6/9/13/16/22/25, April 1/4/7/11), Paulo Szot (as Sharpless, October 11/15/18, November 2/22/25), Plácido Domingo (as Sharpless, November 6/9/13/16), Markus Brück (as Sharpless, April 1/4/7/11).

WHAT’S THE STORY?

Set in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, temporary marriages for foreign sailors were not unusual. But, what happens when one woman wants her love to last forever? Cio-Cio-San experiences a tragic development in her relationship, as her love is tested emotionally, mentally and physically.

The running time is 3 hours and 12 minutes, with two intervals of 30 minutes and 24 minutes respectively.  

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.

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