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Richmond CenterStage Performing Arts Complex, 600 East Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

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Virginia Opera - Madama Butterfly

Closed March 31, 2019

Puccini's stirring masterpiece

Why See Virginia Opera - Madama Butterfly?

Classical & Opera

A Must see for any opera goer

Puccini's exquisitely heartbreaking tale of a bittersweet love affair is brought to life in this lush production from Virginia Opera that tells the story of Japanese woman Cio-Cio-San and her American GI lover, Pinkerton. When Pinkerton is drafted home, he promises to return, but his word is not as strong as the emotion felt by Cio-Cio, a passion that keeps her waiting as the years elapse with no sign of her beloved. Powerful and vibrant, Puccini's shattering masterpiece wraps the bittersweet plot in verdant Japanese culture and beauty, sweeping you into the very heart of Cio-Cio's world.

With the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Madama Butterfly stars Danielle Rastri and Jonathan Tetelman.

What is the story of Madama Butterfly?

Poor, poor Cio Cio, known as Butterfly, the young Japanese girl who marries the US Naval Officer Pinkerton in the mistaken belief that she has found lasting happiness. But her devotion is misguided, and Pinkerton only sees her and their marriage as a stepping stone for his return to America to find his 'true bride'.

Unaware of this fact, the besotted Butterfly waits diligently for her husband to return to Japan and meet his son, only to discover that she has been found wanting...

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Opening night: 29 March 2019

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