Madama Butterfly

Opera

Writers: Giacomo Puccini Luigi Illica Giuseppe Giacosa

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1904
Genres
Drama
Settings
Spectacle
Time & Place
1904 nagasaki, japan
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes early teen, late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

This tragic tale revolves around the young Japanese geisha, Butterfly. She is to be married to Pinkerton, an American Officer on assignment in Nagasaki. Butterfly is young and naive, and fully believes her marriage to Pinkerton to be true and everlasting, while Pinkerton intends on marrying an American when he returns home. Butterfly waits for Pinkerton to return, having had a child by him that he does not know about. He returns, but with his new American wife, intending to take the child back to America. Rather than live in shame, Butterfly agrees to give up her child, but intends to kill herself out of honor. She kills herself to save the honor of her family, and for love.

Lead Characters