Madame Butterfly

by Giacomo Puccini   –   dir. Matthew Ozawa   –   Cincinnati Opera



An all-Japanese and Japanese-American creative team transports Puccini’s tragedy to a virtual-reality setting that re-envisions how we view Madame Butterfly’s story – a fantastical modern-day realm where reality and dreams intersect. Enter the world of naval officer B.F. Pinkerton, who treats Japan as his playground. He’s taken a nearly thousand-year lease on a house and will marry a young girl named Cio-Cio-San, known as Madame Butterfly. But is it merely a fantasy? For Butterfly, vows are not to be taken lightly. As Pinkerton’s intentions are revealed, Butterfly’s dreams become a tragedy of limitless depths with no going back.


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Scenic design by dots

Co-Production of Cincinnati Opera, Detroit Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera

Directed by Matthew Ozawa

Lighting Design by Yuki Link

Costume Design by Maiko Matsushima

Photo Credit – Kimie Nishikawa

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