Madama Butterfly

The Israeli Opera

The Israel Festival is proud to host the Jerusalem Opera Festival and the Israeli Opera in a spectacular production of Madama Butterfly, one of the most loved operas.

Madama Butterfly is based on a short story by John Luther Long, inspired by real-life accounts of travelers who joined the American navy. Set in late-19th century Nagasaki, the opera recounts the story of Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly in Japanese) who falls in love and marries a U.S. naval officer named Pinkerton. Pinkerton returns to the U.S., promising to come back for her. For three years Cio Cio San awaits her husband’s return as she raises their son –  about whom Pinkerton does not know. When he finally comes back to Japan he is joined by his American wife. Heartbroken, Cio Cio San takes her own life. The opera’s score incorporates melodies from authentic Japanese songs alongside American musical references, reflecting Puccini’s fascination with the Far East and the setting of the opera.

In a first collaboration of its kind, the Israel Festival hosts this new and exciting production especially designed for the open air of the Sultan’s Pool, featuring the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Opera Chorus and starring international and Israeli opera soloists headed by the Korean soprano Elisa Cho in the lead.

A breathtaking one-night-only experience under the stars on the backdrop of the Old City walls.

Conductor: Ishai Shtekler / Director: Gadi Schechter / Set and costume designer: Niv Manor / Lighting designer: Uri Morag / Sound designer: Yuval Silberstein / Video designer: Yoav Cohen / Choreographer: Yoram Karmi / Soloists: Elisa Cho (Cio Cio San), Valentin Dityuk (Pinkerton), Ionut Pascu (Sharpless), Shay Bloch (Suzuki), Eitan Drori (Goro), Noah Briger (Yamadori, Bonzo) Noah Briger / Featuring: The Israeli Opera Chorus with chorus master Ethan Schmeisser, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra / Sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles translated by Israel Ouval

* Sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles

* The show takes place outdoors, warm clothing is recommended.

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