Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly

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Anthony Minghella's award-winning Madam Butterfly returns to ENO. Read More >

Puccini’s tragic love story tells of Butterfly, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America: Butterfly gives birth to a son and patiently awaits her husband’s return, never giving up hope.

Hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’, Anthony Minghella’s award-winning Madam Butterfly returns to ENO. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Minghella’s sole opera production has developed into one of the most iconic stagings of the 21st century.

This revival sees internationally renowned sopranos Dina Kuzenetsova and Mary Plazas (Minghella’s original Butterfly) sharing the title role, alongside Welsh tenors Timothy Richards and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton, Pamela Helen Stephen as Suzuki, and ENO Harewood Artist George von Bergen as Sharpless.


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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 14/10/2013

Closing Night: 01/12/2013

Running time: 2h50

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Cast & Creative


Dina Kuzenetsova, Mary Plazas, Timothy Richards, Gwyn Hughes Jones, George von Bergen, Pamela Helen Stephen, Alun Rhys-Jenkins, Mark Richardson, Alexander Robin Baker, Catherine Young


Director - Anthony Minghella, revival director Sarah Tipple

Choreographer - Carolyn Choa, revival choreographer Anita Griffin

Conductor - Gianluca Marciano / Martin Fitzpatrick

Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford

Set Designer - Michael Levine

Author - Puccini

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