Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

A Japanese story of unfulfilled desire, betrayal and honour

The State Opera
Modern adaptation
Popular title
For the whole family
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    March 2021

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    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English


    February 4, 2016

    Madama Butterfly has perhaps the simplest plot of all Puccini’s operas: a “Yankee”, Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton, is enchanted by the picturesque Japanese milieu and the 15-year-old Cio-Cio San, nicknamed “Butterfly”, whom he marries. Yet soon, after the honeymoon is over, he abandons his young wife and leaves for the USA to wed an American woman. Three years later, Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki so as to take away the child Cio-Cio San has given birth to in the meantime.


    • 2020-2021


    The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    The opera is named after the renowned short story Madame Butterfly by the American lawyer and author John Luther Long, which served as the basis for a drama by the New York impresario and playwright David Belasco, which in turn directly inspired Puccini to compose his celebrated opera.

    In Madama Butterfly, Puccini eschewed intricate action and boisterous dramatic events, opting instead for an intimate story and highlighting the psychology of the characters, fleshing out by his music the tiniest details, oscillations and extreme emotional surges. The contrast between the Japanese and “Western” mentality is also aptly rendered by means of many a time surprisingly modified quotations of the US national anthem, as well as a forcible depiction of the local colour of Japan. This facet is suggestively captured in Jiří Heřman’s production, which authentically represents the Japanese culture and its traditional customs, from the tea ceremony to characteristic gait, the act of bowing, to the simple hand fan waving and kneeling on the ground. Amidst an attractive, splendidly illuminated scenery, the stage director brings to bear his imaginative ability to tell the well-known story in a non-traditional way – through the eyes of Cio-Cio San’s grown-up son, who traces his past in Nagasaki.

    NOTE: Tobacco products are featured in the performance.

    General media partner: Czech Television

    Photos from the production: Patrik Borecký


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