Facebook Twitter YouTube Trip Advisor

Scottish Opera Madama Butterfly


Thu 19 Jun - Sat 21 Jun 2014


Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Conductor Marco Guidarini

Original Director Sir David McVicar Revival Director Elaine Kidd

Designer Yannis Thavoris Original Lighting Paule Constable

Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson Movement Director Namiko Gahier

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.

Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.

Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best – painting beautifully exotic pictures in sound that are dramatic, often hauntingly lyrical, and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday ’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly. José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.

Want to know more?

Madama Butterfly Unwrapped – a free sneak peek behind-the-scenes. Friday 20 June 6pm. Booking required. Duration: 1 hour

Presented from the set of Madama Butterfly, this Unwrapped event will involve singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You'll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You'll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production.

Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the Box Office on (028) 9024 1919


Grand Opera House

Grand Opera House

Have your say
Your Name
Your Email
Your Location
Your Review

Buy Tickets


Thurs 19 and Sat 21 June


Thurs and Sat 7.15pm

Ticket Price(s)

£15.00 - £42.00* 

*Additional booking fee of £1.25 applies per ticket.


Ticket Price includes Restoration Levy

At certain performances, premium seats will be charged at an additional £4.00.

  • Art Council