An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approx. running time 2 hours 53 minutes. Supported (2003) by The Dalriada Trust.Performers Li-Ping Zhang (Cio-Cio-San Sep 13/17/19/24/30), Amanda Roocroft (Cio-Cio-San Oct 12/14/18/24/29), Marcus Haddock (Lieutenant Pinkerton Sep 13/17/19/24/30 Oct 2/4mat/11), Marco Berto (Lieutenant Pinkerton Oct 12/14/18/24/29/ Nov 4), Katija Dragojevic (Kate Pinkerton Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat/11), Tove Dahlberg (Kate Pinkerton Oct 12/14/18/24/29/ Nov4), Thomas Allen (Sharpless Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat/11), Dalibor Jenis (Sharpless Oct 12/14/18/24/29/ Nov 4), Nancy Herrera (Suzuki Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat/11), Jane Irwin (Oct 12/14/18/24/29), Ekaterina Gubanova (Suzuki Nov 1/4), Martin Hill (Goro Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat/11), Harry Nicoll (Goro Oct 12/14/18/24/29/Nov 4), Jonathan Veira (Bonze Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat/11), Darren Jeffery (Bonze Oct 12/14/18/24/29/ Nov 4), Quentin Hayes (Prince Yamadori Sep 13/17/19/24/30/ Oct 2/4mat), John Bernays (Prince Yamadori Oct 11/12/14/18/24/29/ Nov 4), Jared Holt (Imperial Commissioner), John Bernays (Official Registrar except Oct 11), Jonathan Fisher (Oct 11), Kathleen Wilder (Mother), Jane Haughton (Cousin), Susan Maisey (Aunt), Alan Duffield (Uncle Yakuside).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer Royal Opera. Producer Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona). Corporate Sponsor Dalriada Trust (2003). Director Patrice Caurier. Director Moshe Leiser. Conductor Kirill Petrenko. Conductor Philippe Auguin.