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Madama Butterfly Digital Programme


Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Introduction to the opera

Watch: the trailer


A full illustrated synopsis (in English, en français, in italiano, auf Deutsch, en español, in Nederlands)

Watch: exclusive films

In two films exclusive to your digital programme, Antonio Pappano and Ermonela Jaho rehearse and discuss the closing moments of the Act I duet, 'Vogliatemi bene', and the opening of Act II, with Butterfly's aria 'Un bel dí vedremo'

Listen: musical highlights

Costume designs

Images of the stunning costume designs from Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Madama Butterfly

From True Story to Opera

Kate Hopkins explores the literary sources of the Madama Butterfly story, and how Puccini and his librettists turned it into a complex and powerful operatic tragedy


Information and Live Cinema Cast