Madama Butterfly artwork
San Diego Opera

Madama Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

Fri, April 26 @ 7:30 PM & Sun, April 28 @ 2:00 PM

Fri, April 26 @ 7:30 PM & Sun, April 28 @ 2:00 PM

Civic Theatre
Run Time
2 hours, 30 minutes (including one intermission)
No children under the age of 6. All guests ages 6 and up must have their own tickets.
On Sale
Tickets On Sale Monday, October 9 @ 10:00 AM

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is passionate, poignant and haunting, and features some of the greatest musical moments from the composer’s long career.

Amidst the cherry blossoms of Nagasaki, a young woman makes a stand to support herself as a geisha after her disgraced father takes his life. Fate intervenes and brings her an American Naval Officer and she falls desperately in love. Unaware she is just a distraction to him, she believes they are married and renounces her religion as he sails away promising to return. And he does return, ready to take their child and raise him with his American wife.  With her broken heart, she must choose to live with dishonor or die with honor.

These performances star the husband and wife team of Corrine Winters (last heard as Violetta in 2017’s La traviata) and tenor Adam Smith as Pinkerton in his Company debut. Maestro Yves Abel once again returns to lead the San Diego Symphony in these performances.

LANGUAGE – Sung in Italian with English and Spanish text projected above the stage

Pre-Opera Talk

The pre-opera talk begins at 6:40 pm before the 7:30 pm Friday evening performance. The Sunday matinee pre-opera talk begins at 1:10 pm before the 2:00 pm curtain.

Mainstage Post-Opera Talk-Back

Stay after the performance for a Talk-Back. Once the curtain falls, there will be a 10-minute break, then join us in the front of the Dress Circle section where you can ask questions of the stars and cast (subject to availability), and find out what really happened onstage and backstage during the performance!