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. Running time 2 hours 45 mins.Performers Cristina Gallardo-Domas (Cio-Cio San - some dates), Marina Mescheriakova (Cio-Cio San - some dates), Marco Berti (Pinkerton), Christine Rice (Suzuki - some dates), Stephanie Novacek (Suzuki - some dates), Zeljko Lucic (Sharpless - some dates), Thomas Allen (Sharpless - some dates), Alasdair Elliott (Goro - some dates), Martyn Hill (Goro - some dates), Jeremy White (Bonze - some dates), Darren Jeffery (Bonze - some dates), Katie Van Kooten (Kate Pinkerton - some dates), Kiora Grodnikaite (Kate Pinkerton - some dates).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer Royal Opera House. Corporate Sponsor The Dalriada Trust (2003). Producer Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona (2003/4). Director Patrice Caurier. Director Moshe Leiser. Conductor Daniel Oren. Conductor Philippe Auguin (second cast performance).