Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Opera in three acts (1904)
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on John Luther Long’s short story (1898) of the same name and David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly. A tragedy of Japan (1900)
In Italian language with German surtitles 


20 July 2023 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne


2 hours (no intermission)

Performances & Tickets

21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 July - 9.15 pm
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 August - 9.00 pm
Seebühne | Festspielhaus

The Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Butterfly, revels in happiness when the US-American lieutenant Pinkerton marries her. Their love culminates in an enchanting duet. Soon after, however, a ship takes the soldier back home. 

It is a clash of worlds and values: While Pinkerton feels free and marries an US-American woman back home, Butterfly, full of love, hope and longing, waits for his return for three long years – together with their child. Singing her famous aria “Un bel dì vedremo”, she imagines the day she and her beloved husband will be reunited. Then, however, Pinkerton returns with his US-American wife and Cio-Cio-San makes an irrevocable decision. 

As one of the most played operas today, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly returns to the Seebühne for another summer. With a fine Japanese-looking piece of paper, stage designer Michael Levine created a magical platform on Lake Constance for Cio-Cio-San’s touching story. Andreas Homoki, artistic director at the Zurich Opera House, uses atmospheric video projections and Antony McDonald’s colourful costumes to stage this heartbreaking opera in the beautiful lakeside scenery. Conductor Enrique Mazzola returns as musical director.

Conductor Enrique Mazzola
Stage Director Andreas Homoki
Stage Designer Michael Levine
Costume Designer Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer Franck Evin
Video Designer Luke Halls
Choreographer Lucy Burge

Bregenzer Festspielchor | Prague Philharmonic Choir

Wiener Symphoniker

  • Besetzung

    Cio-Cio-San (genannt Butterfly) Elena Guseva, Barno Ismatullaeva, Anna Princeva
    Suzuki Fleuranne Brockway, Aytaj Shikhalizada, Annalisa Stroppa
    Kate Pinkerton Hamida Kristoffersen, Sabine Winter
    B. F. Pinkerton Otar Jorjikia, Sergei Skorokhodov, Łukasz Załęski
    Sharpless Domen Križaj, Brett Polegato, Yngve Søberg
    Goro Spencer Lang, Taylan Reinhard
    Der Fürst Yamadori Omer Kobiljak, Patrik Reiter
    Onkel Bonze Levente Páll, Stanislav Vorobyov 
    Der kaiserliche Kommissar Matthias Hoffmann
    Dolore, das Kind Aurel Boss, Riku Seewald

  • Prices

    Prices (Sunday to Thursday)

    1. Category: EUR 157* | 2. Category: EUR 143* | 3. Category: EUR 118 | 4. Category: EUR 90 | 5. Category: EUR 69 | ​6. Category: EUR 55 | 7. Category: EUR 30
    Festival-Lounge: EUR 389* | Premium Ticket: EUR 289* | Category 1plus* 170

    Prices (Friday)

    1. Category: EUR 169* | 2. Category: EUR 155* | 3. Category: EUR 130 | 4. Category: EUR 102 | 5. Category: EUR 81 | ​6. Category: EUR 67 | 7. Category: EUR 42
    Festival-Lounge: EUR 401* | Premium Ticket: EUR 301* | Category 1plus* 182

    prices (Saturday)

    1. Category: EUR 181* | 2. Category: EUR 167* | 3. Category: EUR 142 | 4. Category: EUR 114 | 5. Category: EUR 93 | ​6. Category: EUR 79 | 7. Category: EUR 54
    Festival-Lounge: EUR 413* | Premium Ticket: EUR 313* | Category 1plus* 194

    * valid for the outdoor + indoor performance / non-refundable 

    Cancellation and exchange policy

    Bregenz Festival policy is to proceed with open-air performances even if the weather looks inclement. Please note, that performances will go ahead outside even if it rains lightly. Therefore, we recommend visitors to bring waterproof clothing, but not umbrellas, because they obscure the view. There is no intermission during the performance on the Seebühne.

    Tickets in category 1, 1plus, 2 and festival lounge and premium tickets saying "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung" are valid for the semi-staged version in the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal if the performance on the Seebühne is cancelled or plays for less than 90 minutes. The tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled and move to the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal, Category 1 seats are located in the stalls, Category 2 seats in the circle. Seats that are next to each other on the Seebühne may not be next to each other in the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal because of the different seating plans.

    Tickets in categories 3 to 7 saying "gültig nur für die Seebühne" are valid only for the Seebühne. If the performance is cancelled or plays for less than 60 minutes, ticket holders may request a refund of the tickets or alternatively exchange the tickets for a later date (subject to availability).