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12 - 13 09 23

Madama Butterfly at Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera presents Puccini’s timeless tragedy, Madama Butterfly, brought to life by the Hungarian State Opera on September 12 and 13, 2023.

Dress Code: You are advised to wear either a traditional dress / formal attire with a black tie.

Age limit: Children aged 2 and above need a ticket for entry to the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium, while those under 2 are not allowed.

The sun rises on turn-of-the-century Nagasaki, where dashing American naval officer Pinkerton has chosen delicate Cio-Cio-san to be his bride. A naïve young geisha on the verge of womanhood, the clearly smitten and fiercely loyal “Butterfly” dismisses warnings of the lieutenant’s ulterior motives. When betrayal inevitably strikes, and Butterfly must endure both shame and sorrow, she decides to take destiny into her own hands–leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera.

Puccini saw David Belasco’s one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Japanese Tragedy, inspired by an American short story and a French novel, in London in 1900.

The world premiere of Madama Butterfly was held at Milan’s La Scala, where it was a fiasco – probably due to insufficient rehearsal. Puccini revised the opera, which was performed again in May – this time with great success. The composer continued working on it though: he prepared three more versions, the fifth and final of which is the one performed worldwide today. It is the version the Hungarian State Opera also performs, in a production by director Miklós Gábor Kerényi, which has enjoyed success with audiences since 2000.

Don’t miss Puccini’s immortal tragedy at Dubai Opera!

Conductor: János Kovács
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

Principal Cast:

Cio-Cio-San: Csilla Boross
Suzuki: Erika Gál
Pinkerton: Boldizsár László
Sharpless: Csaba Szegedi
Goro: Zoltán Megyesi
Yamadori: Barna Bartos
Kate: Helga Nánási
Bonzo: András Kiss
The Imperial Commissioner: Máté Fülep

Creative Team:

Librettists: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica
Director: Miklós Gábor Kerényi
Set Designer: Kentaur
Costume Designer: Ilona Vágvölgyi
English Subtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus Director: Gábor Csiki

Ticket Prices:

VIP – 925 dhs
Platinum – 725 dhs
Gold – 575 dhs
Silver – 425 dhs


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