Madama Butterfly Puccini

Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Brought to life through a cast of very human characters, this hugely atmospheric production lays bare a poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.

Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.


One of the world's most popular operas, Butterfly sees Puccini doing what he does best  – writing beautiful music that is dramatic and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.

Madama Butterfly was performed at:


Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Thu 8 May 2014

Sun 11 May 2014

Tue 13 May 2014

Thu 15 May 2014

Sat 17 May 2014

Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Fri 9 May


Theatre Royal Glasgow

Wed 21 May 2014

Tue 27 May 2014

Thu 29 May 2014 

Sun 31 May 2014

Tue 29 Jul 2014

Thu 31 Jul 2014 

Sun 3 Aug 2014

Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Thu 22 May


Eden Court, Inverness

Thu 5 Jun 2014

Sat 7 Jun 2014

Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Fri 6 Jun


His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 

Thu 12 Jun 2014
Sat 14 Jun 2014

Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Fri 13 Jun



Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Sung in Italian with English supertitles 2 hrs 40 mins approximately