Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Anthony Minghella’s exquisite production—an instant classic at the Met since its 2006 premiere—provides an evocative setting for this tragedy about a noble but naive geisha awaiting the return of her American Navy lieutenant. Key to the staging are symbolic visuals that tap into traditional Japanese culture while honoring the searching, timeless beauty of Puccini’s mid-career masterpiece.
Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the heroine of Puccini’s powerful tragedy. The performance also features Bruce Sledge as Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, and Paulo Szot as Sharpless. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.