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Madama
Butterfly

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Running
11. January–24. February
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h

Puccini’s beautiful opera about hope and crushed dreams

A young Japanese girl meets an American naval officer, she with a dream of American freedom and he with a longing for the exotic East. But is it really love or the perfect example of the attraction of opposites? Madama Butterfly is a story about culture clash and crushed dreams set to Puccini’s exquisite music.

In the most famous aria, ‘Un bel di’, Madama Butterfly – or Cio-Cio San as she is called – sings about ‘one fine day’ – the day when the American officer Pinkerton will return to Nagasaki for her and their son. To him, his marriage to the Japanese geisha is for fun, while she takes it very seriously.

Everyone around Cio-Cio San realises that her dream will never come true. All the same, no one can take from her the intense hope that a miracle might happen. But when Pinkerton returns three years later with his American wife, the encounter is a rude awakening.

West meets East

When working on the opera, composer Puccini studied Japanese music and culture in order to create an authentic reflection of a country he had never visited. Yet Madama Butterfly is a distinctly Italian opera with long lines and beautiful melodies. According to Puccini himself, it was the most emotional opera he had ever written.

It premiered at La Scala in Milan in 1904 and the composer described its reception as a ‘pure lynching’. Today, Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most widely produced operas. 

Successful production with Norwegian star soloist

Our production of Madama Butterfly is one of the most frequent opera performances in Bjørvika. It tells the story of a young Japanese girl through the main character’s adult son, as he looks back on his parents’ story.  The action takes place in Japan immediately after World War II at a time when American soldiers occupied the country and mass prostitution was a growing problem.

This season, Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige will be singing the title role. Since her debut as Senta in The Flying Dutchman with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in 2015, Teige has enjoyed success on various European opera stages as Irena in Wagner’s Rienzi with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Floria Tosca and Cio-Cio San with the Mannheim National Theatre.

  • Free introduction one hour before the performance

Artistic team and roles

  • Music
    Giacomo Puccini
  • Libretto
    Luigi Illica og Giuseppe Giacosa
  • Conductor
    Dalia Stasevska
  • Director
    Stephen Langridge
  • Set design and costumes
    Alison Chitty
  • Lighting designer
    Chris Davey
  • Performers
    The Opera Chorus, The Opera Orchestra
Roles
    • Cio-Cio-San
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Pinkerton
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Sharpless
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Suzuki
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Goro
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Yamadori
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Bonze
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Yakusidè, Onkelen
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Den keiserlige kommissær
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Kate Pinkerton
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • La cugina, Kusinen
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • Cio-Cio-San og Pinktertons sønn
    • La zia, Tanten
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
    • La madre di Cio-Cio-San, Moren
        • 11. Jan 2020
        • 18. Jan 2020
        • 22. Jan 2020
        • 30. Jan 2020
        • 2. Feb 2020
        • 6. Feb 2020
        • 11. Feb 2020
        • 14. Feb 2020
        • 16. Feb 2020
        • 21. Feb 2020
        • 24. Feb 2020
Price
100–845 kr
Language
Italian
Subtitles
English and Norwegian
  • Saturday 11. January
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Saturday 18. January
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Wednesday 22. January
    19.00 / Main Stage
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  • Thursday 30. January
    19.00 / Main Stage
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  • Sunday 2. February
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  • Thursday 6. February
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  • Tuesday 11. February
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  • Friday 14. February
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  • Sunday 16. February
    18.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 21. February
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  • Monday 24. February
    19.00 / Main Stage
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