"Madama Butterfy" - by Giacomo Puccini - Boston Lyric Opera (Boston, MA.)

Boston Lyric Opera

Presents Giacomo Puccini's


Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Stage Director Phil Chan

Cast Includes: Karen Chia-Ling Ho as “Butterfly”; Alice Chung as “Suzuki”; Dominick Chenes as “B. F. Pinkerton”; Troy Cook as “Sharpless”;  Rodell Rosel as “Goro”; Vera Savage as “Kate Pinkerton” 

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY” will be conducted by BLO Music Director David Angus and presented at the Emerson Colonial Theater


September 14, 2023 through September 24, 2023 

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BOSTON LYRIC OPERA (BLO) opens its 2023/24 Season with a four-performance, two-week run of Giacomo Puccini’s “MADAMA BUTTERFLY”  – a title the company has not presented since 2012. 

The production is directed by Phil Chan who makes his opera directing debut, with dramaturgy by BLO Artistic Advisor Nina Yoshida Nelsen, filmmaker/author Arthur Dong (Forbidden City, USA and Hollywood Chinese), and Indiana University Associate Professors Karen Inouye (Director, Asian American Studies Program) and Ashlyn Aiko Nelson.   

Chan’s production brings the story of Butterfly and American Naval Officer B.F. Pinkerton into the world of 1940s California, where many Japanese Americans lived, and racial prejudice was heightened by World War II. 

Butterfly is a performer in a historically inspired world of Chinatown nightclubs of the time that employed Asian American artists and drew white American audiences by promising exoticism. 

Butterfly and Pinkerton fall in love before he must leave her – and a son he never knew – for military duty in the Pacific Rim. 

Swept up in a wave of xenophobia, Butterfly waits for her lover’s return.  

Chan says this new production tells a decisively American story. “All the characters in this 'BUTTERFLY' are American citizens, and none of the story takes place in Japan – or anywhere outside California,” he says. “As we look to keep the artform thriving, we need to make its stories relevant to the audiences and the people of our time, while making sure the timeless Puccini score is still heard.”  

This production of “MADAMA BUTTERFLY” is the first to be informed by “The Butterfly Process,” BLO’s extensive exploration of how opera companies can build intentional and authentic productions that invite everyone to participate, inspire new thinking, and strengthen both communities and audiences through the music and stories presented.  

Casting for “MADAMA BUTTERFLY” includes Karen Chia-Ling Ho as Butterfly, Dominick Chenes as Pinkerton; Alice Chung as Suzuki, Troy Cook as Sharpless, Rodell Rosel as Goro and Vera Savage as Kate Pinkerton. 

Additional casting will be announced later.   

The artistic team for “MADAMA BUTTERFLY” includes Set Designer Yu Shibagaki, Costume Designer Sara Ryung Clement, Lighting Designer Jeannette Oi-Suk Yew and Choreographer Michael Sakamoto. 


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