Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini


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Kaori Sato

For over a century, the tragic tale of a geisha’s love, steadfastness and heartbreak has been enchanting audiences around the world. Today, Giacomo Puccini’s soaring music continues to enrapture – no matter how many times you may have heard it. Although Madama Butterfly is best known for its exquisite arias for sopranos, the long, wondrously varied love duet that ends Act I is considered his greatest by many Puccini fans. The gorgeous melodies are tinged with foreboding, as Butterfly fears her happiness is so great that she may die of it. Kaori Sato, a well-known interpreter of Madama Butterfly, will bring joy and passion to one of opera’s most iconic roles. Carey Wong is designing the set to evoke late 19th century Nagasaki.


Enhance your opera experience by attending our popular 25-minute pre-opera presentations with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Anthony Barrese.  The talk begins 45-minutes before the performance and will familiarize you with major musical and dramatic aspects of the opera. Maestro Barrese situates the opera historically and summarizes the plot, including musical examples.  Free to ticket-holders. Held in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the NHCC.


Learn more at our Pre-Opera Seminars. Click here for details.


Stage Director: David Bartholomew
Conductor: Anthony Barrese

Scene Designer: Carey Wong
Chorus Master: Paul Bower

Cio-Cio-San: Kaori Sato
Suzuki: Kathryn Cowdrick
Pinkerton: Joshua Kohl
Sharpless: Stephen Hartley