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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Madama Butterfly

February 6, 2020

I must have her, even though I injure her butterfly wings.

Why See Lyric Opera of Chicago - Madama Butterfly?

Classical & Opera

Puccini's world-famous opera

A staggering tale of betrayal and heartbreak, Puccini's 1904 opera remains the jewel in the crown of the repertoire, with themes that resonate through the ages, set to a stunning and unforgettable score. The story of an American Naval Officer Pinkerton and his young Japanese bride Cio Cio San, Madama Butterfly never fails to sweep you up in a story of romance and all-consuming sadness that follows when Pinkerton abandons Cio Cio and leaves her a slave to hope.

One of the most widely recognized operas in the world, it has spawned many adaptations in the 110 years since its premiere at La Scala. The  2019/20 season will see the Lyric Opera present this extraordinary rendition of this bittersweet tragedy, with the most memorable climatic scene in the canon.

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Performance date: 6 February 2020


Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Run time

Two hours and 55 minutes with one intermission

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