Boston Lyric Opera
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
A new BLO production
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 7:30PM
Sunday, September 17, 2023 | 3PM
Friday, September 22, 2023 | 7:30PM
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 3PM
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission after act 1.
Amid Puccini’s lush and sweeping score, Madama Butterfly unfolds in 1940s America under the shadow of World War II. In a brand-new production from Boston Lyric Opera, wander through the nightlife of San Francisco on the eve of Pearl Harbor through the story of Butterfly, a nightclub performer contributing to the war effort, and Pinkerton, a young soldier, on the eve of his deployment. A culmination of BLO’s three-year exploration of authentic storytelling through The Butterfly Process, this production examines the experience of Japanese Americans during a critical moment in U.S. history.