"Madama Butterfly"

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

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In a Nutshell

In Puccini’s tragedy, a young geisha’s doomed romance with an American sailor proves fertile ground for a lush, stirring score

The Fine Print

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The Deal

  • $19 for one G-Pass for seating in the dress circle (up to $38.54 value)
  • $39 for one G-pass for seating in orchestra section G-J (rows B-J) (up to $76.22 value)
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  • This performance will be sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Madama Butterfly

Cio-Cio-San, nicknamed “Butterfly,” has led a tragic life. After the ritual suicide of her father on the Mikado’s orders, her family fell on hard times, and the young girl was forced to become a geisha. But when a handsome American naval officer acquires her hand through a marriage broker, she feels that her luck may be changing. Turning her back on her family and her religion, she finds solace and love in the arms of her new husband, and when he sails for America again, she promises to wait for him. Unfortunately, the wait is not short, and their reunion turns out to be less than sweet.

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly may be one of the most beloved operas of all time, with an undeniably compelling story, a score to match, and a title that has tantalized lepidopterists for decades. Of Butterfly’s many virtues, however, it’s the title character herself that proves most compelling. Like “Un bel di vedremo,” an aria that veers from simple and sweet to almost unbearably tragic, Cio-Cio-San’s journey proves challenging to even the most accomplished performer. Of the role, the Metropolitan Opera wrote: “[o]n stage for most of the time… the singer must convey an astounding array of emotions and characteristics, from ethereal to fleshly to intelligent to dreamy-bordering-on-insane, to resigned in the final scene.”

North Carolina Opera

Opera is an art form with a grand tradition, but that doesn't mean it can't be accessible. Enter North Carolina Opera—from stage left, singing—a company that makes its mission sharing this unique art form with everyone. Its skilled performers travel to audiences across the Triangle, staging productions in both full-sized theaters and intimate school auditoriums. The opera's repertoire is just as wide-ranging; seasons have included favorites such as La Boheme and Cosi Fan Tutte, as well as lesser-known gems like Rusalka and contemporary works by Philip Glass and John Supko. Lavish costumes and sets further entice onlookers to escape into North Carolina Opera's fantastical worlds.

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