Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Libretto by I. Illica and G. Giacosa
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance
One of the world's most beloved operas returns in a romantic production from San Francisco Opera. The young geisha Butterfly catches the eye of a caddish, young American Naval officer. The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she can not survive.
For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Puccini's haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who gives up everything for love. Now, Washington National Opera gives you the opportunity to see the emerging stars of tomorrow, including members and alumni of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, in a mainstage performance of this timeless classic conducted by WNO General Director Plácido Domingo.
This special performance features Jennifer Lynn Waters as the young geisha Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly), José Ortega as the faithless B.F. Pinkerton, Sarah Mesko as Cio-Cio-San's devoted confidante, Suzuki, and Aleksey Bogdanov as Sharpless.
The performance includes a pre-performance lecture at 6:15 p.m., post-performance Artist Q&A, and a complimentary copy of WNO's Commentaries on CD: Madama Butterfly with each order.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.
The performance runs approximately 2 hours, 33 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission.
PLEASE NOTE: Late seating is not permitted during the performance. Monitors are available outside of the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Patrons may take their seats during the first intermission. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.
This event has already closed.
Please use the event calendar to search for current events.