Our quick guide to Puccini's heartbreaking opera.
News and features regarding ‘Madama Butterfly by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’
- 23 March 2017
- 20 March 2017
From the opera’s UK premiere in 1905 through to the present day, Puccini’s much-loved opera has a long and close relationship with Covent Garden.
- 15 March 2017
From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
- 15 March 2017
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho discusses her upcoming role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s beautiful opera.
- 26 April 2016
Newly announced programme includes six Royal Opera and six Royal Ballet productions screened live in cinemas across the world.
- 4 June 2015
The Italian composer created some of opera’s most enchanting romances.
Watch: Nicola Luisotti on Puccini – ‘You can learn more from one of Puccini’s scores than from books’27 May 2015
The conductor discusses the composer’s deceptive genius, and how best to approach his operas.
- 2 April 2015
Nagasaki’s complex history makes it the perfect setting for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
- 31 March 2015
Puerto Rican soprano and American tenor to replace Alexia Voulgaridou and Noah Stewart.
- 27 March 2015
Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.
- 21 March 2015
What did you think of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s poignant opera?
- 17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.