Madama Butterfly


Madama ButterflyGiacomo Puccini

June 8, 12, 14 (The Christine Collins Young Artists performance), 16 (matinee 2pm), 20, 24, 29, July 2, 4 at 7.30pm

First performed at La Scala in Milan on 17 February 1904
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based in part on the short story of the same name by John Luther Long, with elements from the novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
New production


Conductor Manlio Benzi
Director Paul Higgins
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Movement Director Namiko Gahier-Ogawa
Associate Conductor Natalie Murray (14, 24 June)
Associate Director Emma Rivlin

Butterfly Anne Sophie Duprels
Pinkerton Joseph Wolverton
Suzuki Patricia Orr
Sharpless David Stephenson
Goro Robert Burt
Kate Pinkerton Chloe Hinton
Bonze Barnaby Rea
Prince Yamadori John Lofthouse
The Imperial Commissioner Henry Grant Kerswell
The Official Registrar Alistair Sutherland
Butterfly's Mother Lindsay Bramley
The Aunt Loretta Hopkins
The Cousin Maud Millar
Yakuside Nathan Morrison
Sorrow Mungo Reoch, Matteo Di Lorenzo

With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

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Giacomo Puccini’s vivid and atmospheric tragedy of 1899 follows the misfortunes of Butterfly, a teenaged Japanese geisha who forsakes family and religion to marry an American naval officer in late 19th-century Nagasaki. After Lieutenant Pinkerton leaves, with promises of returning “when the robins nest”, Butterfly gives birth to their son. Two years later Pinkerton comes back, but this time he has his new American wife with him…

Long-time OHP favourite Anne Sophie Duprels returns to sing the role of Butterfly. Manlio Benzi conducts a cast which includes a number of graduates of last year's Christine Collins Young Artists scheme.

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Supported by Winton Capital and Opera Holland Park Friends Production Syndicate

Chorus generously supported by Mrs Angela Lascelles

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