Community Event

One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is near the top of the list of operas performed by Opera Idaho in its 44-year history with five productions. Last performed in 2011 at The Egyptian Theatre, this production returns to The Morrison Center.

Madama Butterfly tells the story Cio-Cio-San, the trusting and innocent young geisha of the title, who disastrously falls in love with American Navy lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, only to be abandoned by him. Her loyal servant Suzuki and Sharpless, the sympathetic American consul, do all they can but are unable to avert tragedy.

Dean Williamson (most recently Il barbiere di Siviglia, 2015) returns to conduct.



Friday, February 16, 2018 • 7:30pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 • 2:30pm

Performed at The Morrison Center
$25.50 to $76.50

tickets here

Sung in Italian

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe giacosa
Premiere: February 17, 1904, Teatro alla Scala, Milan


Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) • Vanessa Isiguen
B. F. Pinkerton • Chaz’men Williams-Ali
Suzuki • Michele Detwiler
Sharpless • Kenneth Overton
Goro • Anthony Webb
Prince Yamadori • Jason Detwiler
Il Bonzo • Dennis rupp
Kate Pinkerton • Soprano Emily Hansen
Il commissario • Willis Carr
Il Ufficiale del Registro • Nik Dumas
Lo Zio Yakusidé • Casey Lebold
La madre • Melissa Bagwell
La Zia • Patti Wainwright
La cugina • Kristen Dittman
Dolore (Sorrow, Cio-Cio-San’s child) • Robert and Elaine Pope

Director • Helena Binder
Conductor • Dean Williamson

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