Manitoba Opera

 Life with Dishonour or Death with Dignity?

Heart wrenching and beautifully exotic, Madama Butterfly will bring you to tears and sear your memory with its unforgettable melodies.

The Synopsis

An American naval officer, B.F. Pinkerton, arranges through a marriage broker to take a 15-year-old bride, Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). Although the marriage enables her to leave the life of a geisha, Butterfly’s family disowns her for renouncing her ancestral religion. In love with the dashing Pinkerton, she ignores warnings about his motives and he soon returns to the United States. Butterfly waits three long years for him to return. When he does, it is to claim the one thing she loves more than life itself

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Directed by Ann Hodges
Conducted by Daniel Lipton