MADAMA BUTTERFLY /CIO-CIO SAN/
Director Natalia Sats, renewed by Valery Merkulov
Duration 2 h 20 min
with 1 intermission
The libretto of opera is based in part on the short story by John Luther Long which in turn was based partially on stories told to Long by his sister and semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti.
This tragic story of a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire for companies around the world. Ranking 7th in the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.