Madama Butterfly

  • Music
  • The Small Building of Vanemuine Theatre
  • Length: 02:45
  • Next 05.04 - 16:00

Puccini’s opera

For me the origin and destination of this production is music.
The music contains drama.
Listening to it, a dramatic plotline unfolds.
Everything else proceeds from music.
And the sun rises in the east.

Robert Annus, director

One of Puccini’s most beautiful operas, Madam Butterfly premiered on 17 February 1904 at La Scala in Milan.
In a small house near Nagasaki, American naval lieutenant Pinkerton and geisha Cio-Cio San, nicknamed Butterfly, get married. Pinkerton jokes about the ancient Japanese custom of entering into a marriage for 999 years. Although he is fond of Butterfly, he has plans to marry an American woman back home. But for Butterfly, Pinkerton is everything.

Performed in: Italian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Estonian
App display languages: Estonian, English, Russian

Premiere on 16 March 2019 in the Small Building of the Vanemuine


Composer Giacomo Puccini
Musical director & conductor Paul Mägi
Director Robert Annus (Estonian Drama Theatre)
Conductors Taavi Kull, Martin Sildos
Designer, scenographer Maarja Meeru
Lighting designer Margus Vaigur (Endla Theatre)

Cast Hiromi Omura (Japan) or Sigrid Mutso, Aleksandra Kovalevich (Helikon Opera Theatre, Moscow) or Karmen Puis, Rafal Bartminski (Poland) or Oreste Cosimo (Italy), Janis Apeinis (Latvian NO), Tamar Nugis, Rasmus Kull, Jaan Willem Sibul, Märt Jakobson, Simo Breede


Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra and opera choir