Madama Butterfly lands at the Grand Opera House

Scottish Opera will perform one of the world’s most popular operas to the Grand Opera House on Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st June.

Internationally acclaimed Scottish director, Sir David McVicar’s unflinching production has been a firm favourite with audiences since it was first staged for Scottish Opera in 2000.

Set at the turn of the 20th Century, Madama Butterfly is thought to be based on a true story and depicts the surprisingly common practice of American servicemen taking temporary wives in Japan, before returning to the United States alone.

Sir David’s production deliberately forgoes sentimentality to lay bare the atmospheric and powerful story of the reckless Lieutenant Pinkerton and a loyal Nagasaki girl Cio-Cio San – known as Butterfly. After the two are married, Pinkerton soon returns to his native America. When he comes back to Japan three years later, Butterfly still patiently awaits him, but only betrayal and heartbreak lie ahead of her.

Revival Director, Elaine Kidd said:
“The production is a real classic, with exquisite period detail in the costumes. With two Butterflies sharing the lead role who can act as sensitively as they sing, it will have the power to cut to the core.
I’m particularly thrilled that Italian conductor Marco Guidarini is returning to work with us because he is steeped in this passionate, dramatic and lyrical music.
Madama Butterfly has been a hugely popular opera for many, many years – this is a great place to start for first-timers, but of course it is also a real favourite of regular opera-goers.”

Madama Butterfly performs at the Grand Opera House on Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st June. Tickets begin at £15 and can be purchased in person at the Box Office located in the theatre foyer, online at or via telephone on 028 9024 1919.

For those interested in learning more about the presentation of this classic opera, Scottish Opera are offering behind-the-scenes access in a free unwrapped event on Friday 20th June at 6.00pm.

This hour-long taster gives you the chance to see what Scottish Opera productions are all about.

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

Tickets for the Unwrapped event are complimentary but should be reserved by calling the Box Office on (028) 9024 1919.


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