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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
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They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
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"Madama Butterfly"
63 ratings
4.7 average rating
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13 events
5 reviews
7 stars
attended Mar 01 2011

amazing opera! LOVED it! definitely a must-see!

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42 reviews
99 stars
attended Mar 02 2011

I have seen Madame Butterfly several times in the past and thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful rendition. (My companion, who had never seen it, loved it.) The staging was very different than other versions I had seen, which tended to elaborate,...continued

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17 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 01 2011

This was our first opera. The staging and singing were sensational. It was one of the most entertaining nights of my life.

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Quotes & Highlights

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Composed by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa

Production from San Francisco Opera

In Italian with English supertitles

The running time for this production is approximately two hours and 33 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

The world’s most beloved and heart-breaking opera, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young geisha who catches the eye of a caddish American Naval officer. The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she cannot survive.

Two highly acclaimed sopranos share the role of Cio-Cio-San: Ana María Martínez, whose “beautifully sung and finely detailed” performances have made her one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of our time, and Catherine Naglestad, who’s known for her “ravishingly beautiful singing” (Opera News). TenorsAlexey Dolgov and Thiago Arancam share the role of the faithless B.F. Pinkerton, and baritones Michael Chioldi  and Hyung Yun (former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist) share the role of Sharpless. WNO General Director Plácido Domingo andPhilippe Auguin conduct this timeless classic, directed by Ron Daniels in his WNO debut, with sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Michael Yeargan.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington National Opera

As the resident opera company of the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera (WNO) draws on a rich history to offer high-quality grand opera featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Additionally, WNO serves as a vital resource throughout the Washington metro area, bringing opera to a broad public through its award-winning education and community programs.