Madama Butterfly
Opera

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
The State Opera
Modern adaptation
Popular title

Dear spectators,

The National Theatre operates at full capacity and all purchased tickets remain valid. However, it is obligatory to wear a face mask or other similar protection of the nose and mouth inside the theatre.

Spectators entrance, stay in the theatre and the subsequent exit is organized by the theatre staff in a special mode so that the visitors of the individual sectors are separated from each other and do not have to meet even in the areas of refreshments, restrooms or cloak rooms.

Thank you for respecting the government regulations and we look forward to seeing you.

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  • February 2021
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    February 2021

    Friday 5. 2.
    19:00

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    Friday 12. 2.
    19:00

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    Friday 19. 2.
    19:00

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    Saturday 27. 2.
    18:00

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    March 2021

    Sunday 7. 3.
    18:00

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    Wednesday 10. 3.
    19:00

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    Saturday 27. 3.
    17:00

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes

    Language

    In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    February 4, 2016

    “Butterfly” is indisputably one of the most popular and most artistically valued operas of all time. Notwithstanding the fact that it has perhaps the simplest plot of all Puccini’s operas: a “Yankee”, Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton, enchanted by the picturesque Japanese milieu and the 15-year-old Cio-Cio San, nicknamed “Butterfly”, decides to marry and spend the honeymoon in Nagasaki. He soon abandons his young wife, but after a long time returns so as to take away the child Cio-Cio San has given birth to in the meantime.

    Cast

    • 2020-2021

    About

    The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    In “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 essential contrast between the Japanese and “Western” mentality, which he also aptly renders by means of many a time surprisingly modified quotations of the US national anthem, as well as giving a forcible depiction of the local colour of Japan, where the story is set.

    The opera is named after the 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.

    Following the poor reception of the original version at La Scala, Puccini went on to revise Madama Butterfly four times, between 1904 and 1907, before it became a global hit. Our new production, which will replace the current one, performed for three decades, has beeb prepared by the conductor Martin Leginus, together with the renowned opera director Jiří Heřman.

    General media partner: Czech Television.

    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.

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    Madama Butterfly Programme (CZE)

    A booklet for the production of Madama Butterfly

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