Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly


Thu 8, Sun 11, Tue 13, Thur 15 & Sat 17 May 2014
Festival Theatre
7.15pm | 4pm (Sun 11 May 2014)
2hr 40min approx.
from £78 - £10*

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. 

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Conductor Marco Guidarini

Original Director Sir David McVicar

Revival Director Elaine Kidd

Designer Yannis Thavoris

Original Lighting Paule Constable

Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson

Movement Director Namiko Gahier-Ogawa


Cio-Cio-San Hye-Youn Lee/Anne Sophie Duprels

Suzuki Hanna Hipp

Pinkerton José Ferrero

Sharpless Christopher Purves/Marcin Bronikowski

Goro Adrian Thompson

The Bonze Jonathan May

Kate Pinkerton Catrin Aur

Prince Yamadori Andrew McTaggart (Scottish Opera Emerging Artist)

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Groups* (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress Circle seats

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Concessions** £3 off

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Unemployed / Student Standby* £10 tickets on the day of the performance after midday. Subject to availability with valid student I.D.

Under 26 £10 tickets. 1 ticket per valid ID to be shown on collection

*Excludes Fri & Sat performances

** Excludes Fri & Sat performances (except wheelchair users, people with disabilities and under 26s).