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July 22 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm


JULY 22, 27 & 29, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica


Cincinnati Opera presents Puccini’s heartrending tragedy Madame Butterfly from a bold new point of view. In this groundbreaking new production created by an all-Japanese and Japanese American creative team, Butterfly’s story is transported to 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.

Cio-Cio-San – Karah Son
B.F. Pinkerton Adam Smith
Suzuki  Nozomi Kato
Sharpless  Nmon Ford

Conductor – Keitaro Harada
Stage Director – Matthew Ozawa
Scenic Designer – Kimie Nishikawa of Design by Dots
Costume Designer – Maiko Matsushima
Lighting Designer Yuki Nakase-Link
Wig & Makeup Designer James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus

A co-production of Cincinnati Opera, Detroit Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, San Diego Opera, and Utah Opera

Music Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio United States