Royal Opera House Live: Madama Butterfly

  • Madama Butterfly

    Madama Butterfly



Satellite Broadcast


  • Tuesday 27th September



  • Adults


  • Concessions


  • Under 26s


Puccini's heart-rending opera tells the tale of a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer – and pays the ultimate price.

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’ On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha  Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from19th-century European images of Japan.

Live screening. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. 

Duration: 3 hours and 10 minutes (including interval)