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Madama Butterfly

A Japanese maiden catches the fancy of a caddish American Naval officer, crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride, and grapples with a serious dilemma while faithfully awaiting his return. Puccini’s story of tradition, romance, yearning, and sacrifice has been one of the world’s most beloved operas for over a century.

In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, with 1 intermission

Availability Update:
Best Availability: Sunday, May 20, 2:00 p.m.
Seats Available: Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.


Audio Preview of Madama Butterfly by General Director Speight Jenkins.



Preview Trailer

Our new preview video features dress rehearsal footage, complete with full orchestra, and showcases the stirring performances and emotional intensity of this traditional production.


iPad App

Enhance your opera experience with the just-released Seattle Opera App for iPad! You can now explore the Madama Butterfly digital program, including: The Story of Madama Butterfly. An act-by-act narrative of the opera’s plot, artist bios, videos and much more.
Available now from the App Store.


Director's Talk

Sit in on a staging rehearsal as director Peter Kazaras introduces you to the "two great couples" who alternate as Butterfly and Pinkerton. Kazaras also shares his thoughts about other exciting artists involved in making this traditional production really sing.


Speight's Corner

In our latest behind-the-scenes video, General Director Speight Jenkins sits down with soprano Patricia Racette to discuss her abiding love of Puccini and the universal appeal of the iconic title character. Includes footage of singers in rehearsal.


Creating An Opera Geisha

Visit the Madama Butterfly dressing room with Costume Design Coordinator Melanie Burgess, Hair & Makeup Designer Joyce Degenfelder, and Lead Hair & Makeup Artist Shelby Rogers as they take you thru the process of getting a "geisha" ready for the stage. Puccini's serene "Humming Chorus" helps set the scene.

Special Event

Simulcast at KeyArea
May 5, 2012

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Seattle Center and come to Seattle’s biggest-ever opera event! Projected in HD on a 50’ x 80’ screen, the popular Madama Butterfly will be Seattle Opera's first-ever simulcast. TICKETS ARE FREE and only 8,000 will be distributed.


About the Cast

A frequent performer with the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Patricia Racette makes her Seattle Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San, with Italian tenor Stefano Secco singing Pinkerton, the U.S. Naval officer who loves and abandons her.

E-Book Download

Madama Butterfly Spotlight Guide for Kindle

Educational guide covering Puccini's Madama Butterfly. The guide discusses the strength of Puccini’s exciting and dramatic music, as well as the composer’s fascination with the exotic—everything from America’s Wild West to Asia’s pentatonic music.
For Kindle help visit Amazon Support.


Audio Player

From its disastrous premier to its path to its Met debut, Speight Jenkins reveals that perhaps Butterfly’s McCaw Hall debut will prove just as significant. Additional thoughts from Stage Director Peter Kazaras coming soon.


What’s Going On?

Madama Butterfly is a tragic love story about a devoted Japanese geisha who falls for a callous U.S. Naval officer briefly stationed in Nagasaki at the start of the twentieth century.

Banner Photo Credit
Foreground: Patricia Racette, Metropolitan Opera, 2009 © Marty Sohl Photo
Background: Madama Butterfly, 2002 © Gary Smith Photo Photo

Sat, May 5, 2012 7:30 PM

Wed, May 9, 2012 7:30 PM

Fri, May 11, 2012 7:30 PM

Sat, May 12, 2012 7:30 PM

Sun, May 13, 2012 2:00 PM

Wed, May 16, 2012 7:30 PM

Sat, May 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Sun, May 20, 2012 2:00 PM

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