Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Opera in three acts (1904)
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
in Italian with German surtitles


20 July 2022 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Performances & Tickets

22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31  July – 9.15 p.m.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 August – 9.00 p.m.

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

It is a clash of worlds and values: while Pinkerton feels free and marries an American woman back home, Butterfly, full of love, hope and longing, waits for his return for three long years – together with their child. In her well-known aria »Un bel dì vedremo« she paints a glowing picture of the day that she will see her beloved husband again. Then, however, Pinkerton returns with his American wife and Cio-Cio-San makes an irrevocable decision.

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, one of the most popular operas today, will be performed on the Seebühne for the first time. Enrique Mazzola, who was also responsible for the Rigoletto production, takes on the role of musical director. Stage Director Andreas Homoki, artistic Director of the Opernhaus in Zurich, leads an internationally renowned creative team. Michael Levine’s magical stage set with its subtle landscape paintings will bring Japanese flair to Lake Constance, supported not least by Antony McDonald’s colourful costumes. McDonald already designed for Un Ballo in Maschera and La Bohème on the Seebühne.

Musical Director Enrique Mazzola, Yi-Chen Lin
Stage Director Andreas Homoki
Stage Designer Michael Levine
Costume Designer Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer Franck Evin
Video Designer Luke Halls
Choreographer Lucy Burge
Sound Designer Alwin Bösch, Clemens Wannemacher
Choir Master Lukáš Vasilek, Benjamin Lack

Bregenzer Festspielchor | Prague  Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker

  • Cast

    Cio-Cio-San (alias Madama Butterfly) Celine Byrne, Elena Guseva, Barno Ismatullaeva
    Suzuki Claudia Huckle, Aytaj Shikhalizada, Annalisa Stroppa
    Kate Pinkerton Hamida Kristoffersen, Sabine Winter
    B. F. Pinkerton Edgaras Montvidas, Otar Jorjikia, Łukasz Załęski
    Sharpless Brian Mulligan, Brett Polegato, Yngve Søberg
    Goro Michael Laurenz, Taylan Reinhard
    Prince Yamadori Omer Kobiljak, Patrik Reiter
    Uncle Bonzo Levente Páll, Stanislav Vorobyov
    The imperial commissioner Unnsteinn Árnason

  • Prices and Seating Plan

    PRICES (Sunday to Thursday)

    Festival Lounge: EUR 370* | Premium Ticket: EUR 270*
    1. Category: EUR 150* | 2. Category: EUR 138* | 3. Category: EUR 116 | 4. Category: EUR 88 | 5. Category: EUR 68 | ​6. Category: EUR 54 | 7. Category: EUR 30

    Prices (Friday)

    Festival Lounge: EUR 382* | Premium Ticket: EUR 282*
    1. Category: EUR 162* | 2. Category: EUR 150* | 3. Category: EUR 128 | 4. Category: EUR 100 | 5. Category: EUR 80 | ​6. Category: EUR 66 | 7. Category: EUR 42

    Prices (Saturday)

    Festival Lounge: EUR 394* | Premium Ticket: EUR 294*
    1. Category: EUR 174* | 2. Category: EUR 162* | 3. Category: EUR 140 | 4. Category: EUR 112 | 5. Category: EUR 92 | ​6. Category: EUR 78 | 7. Category: EUR 54

    * 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, and we wish to stress that performances will go ahead on the lake even in the event of light rain. We therefore 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 for category 1, 2, festival lounge and premium tickets saying "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung" are valid for the semi-staged version in the Festspielhaus in the event that the performance on the Seebühne is cancelled or plays for less than 90 minutes. The tickets are not refundable. If a performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus, Category 1 seats are located in the stalls, Category 2 seats in the circle. Seats that are adjacent in the auditorium on the Seebühne may not be next to each other in the Festspielhaus because of the different seating arrangement.

    Tickets for categories 3 to 7 saying "gültig nur für die Seebühne" are valid only for the Seebühne. If the performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus after playing for less than 60 minutes, ticket holders will have the ticket price refunded or alternatively can exchange the ticket for a later date.

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