Keller Auditorium

Madama Butterfly

Conducted by George Manahan
Directed by E. Loren Meeker


This unforgettable drama tells the story of a young wife and mother named Cio-Cio-San, in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1904. She waits for the return of her beloved B.F. Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the United States Navy. When his ship comes in, her dreams for the future meet his—with tragic and heartbreaking results.

“An idealistic, Japanese girl falls for a brash, entitled American soldier whose actions turn her love into a story ending in exploitation, betrayal, and abandonment. Puccini’s masterpiece Madama Butterfly forces American audiences to consider our history, culture, and the unknown victims of our past foreign policy. Our goal within a traditional setting is to honor Japanese culture through insightful storytelling and modern characterization. This creates an environment where we can examine the harsh realities of our past in an effort to learn from our mistakes at global, national, and personal levels.” – E. Loren Meeker, Director


Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 2 hours, 50 minutes with one intermission.

Classic sets and costumes honor tradition on the grandest scale in our season. Internationally acclaimed Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura makes her U.S. debut as our heroine.

Listen for the famous aria “Un Bel Di Vedremo” and The Humming Chorus: one of the most beautiful aural landscapes in the world of opera.


The performance of Madama Butterfly on October 27, 2019 at 2pm will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please contact the Portland’5 Box Office at 503-248-4335 or email us, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.

For more ticket information, including Group Sales, Rush Tickets and Arts For All Tickets, please visit Portland Opera.


The Keller Café will be serving dinner prior to the evening performances of Madama Butterfly. Make your reservations today!

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