Madame Butterfly
Buy TicketsJuly 24 & 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa


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One of the world’s best-loved operas, Madame Butterfly is also one of the most achingly beautiful.

A naïve young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, falls for a handsome U.S. naval officer, who loves her and leaves, promising to return. So, for three years, she waits. Then, one fine day, he does return. For a moment, Cio-Cio-San is triumphant, blind to the heartbreak that awaits her.

 

THE OPERA
We’re thrilled to present lovely Italian soprano Maria Luigia Borsi in the title role. Following her Music Hall debut (Otello, 2010), the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed her “affecting performance and breathtaking vocal prowess,” declaring that “the opera world has a new star.” Shawn Mathey, a regular at Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera, brings his “honeyed tenor” (Chicago Classical Review) to the role of the rakish American officer, Pinkerton. Spanish conductor Ramón Tebar leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra through Puccini’s stirring score.

 

Maria-Luigia-Borsi-sized Mathey-Shawn-sized Roberto-deCandia-sized Kelley-OConnor-sized Steven-Cole-sized Reginald-Smith-sized
Maria Luigia
Borsi

Cio-Cio-San
Shawn Mathey
Pinkerton
Roberto
de Candia

Sharpless
Kelley
O’Connor

Suzuki
Steven Cole
Goro
Reginald
Smith, Jr.

The Bonze

 

RUNNING TIME
An opera in three acts
The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including intermissions.

 

Photos: Philip Groshong

 

IN THE NEWS
7.23.14 Music in Cincinnati: Madame Butterfly to Close Cincinnati Opera Season
7.22.14 CityBeat: Onstage: Madame Butterfly
7.22.14 Mujer Latina Today: Jóse Ramón Tebar Invita a Madame Butterfly
7.18.14 Cincinnati Enquirer Gallery: Transforming into Madame Butterfly

7.17.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Madame Butterfly comes to life in two minutes
6.6.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Fun Facts: Guide to this summer’s Opera season
6.6.14  WCPO: Cincinnati Opera packs a year of variety into two summer months
5.25.14 CET Connect: Showcase with Barbara Kellar: Evans Mirageas discusses the 2014 season

REVIEWS
“A stellar cast, gorgeous set and Puccini’s glorious music have come together for a magical Madame Butterfly…” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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“In Cincinnati Opera production, Puccini’s opera of cultures at cross purposes proves as fresh and affecting as the title-role performance…” -Jay Harvey Upstage
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