Set in 1904 Japan, Puccini's Madama Butterfly is often considered the pinnacle of operatic tragedy, and has become one of today's most beloved operas. The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Miss Saigon, Madama Butterfly follows the tragic love story of the innocent, naive geisha Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton, a callous U.S. naval officer. Cio-Cio San, while still a teenager, forsakes her family, heritage, and religion for Pinkerton. But what she considers to be true love, he considers a casual fling. Cio-Cio San clings to the increasingly unrealistic belief that Pinkerton will return to her. Madama Butterfly is unparalleled in its heart-wrenching portrayal of love, betrayal and sacrifice. Accompanied by an achingly beautiful score, this opera promises to be an unforgettable experience at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh.
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