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Madama Butterfly An Ellen Kent production


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One of the world’s most popular operas

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an unforgettable story of doomed love and heartbreak. The three-act opera premiered at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy in 1904.

Set in Nagasaki Japan, it follows a young geisha girl named Cio-Cio-San, otherwise known as Madama Butterfly. She falls hopelessly in love with US naval lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, who has purchased a house there as well as the right to marry her. However, hers is an unrequited love with devastating consequences.

Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent has been doing a traditional staging of Madama Butterfly that truly pulls at the heartstrings for many years. Her production was named Best Opera at Liverpool Daily Post’s Theatre Awards, plus The Independent said it “captured the raw emotion at the centre of the opera” and advises audience goers not to “take a handkerchief with you, take a box of them”.

Among the many musical highlights for this story that reaches across cultures, oceans and time are the moving aria One Fine Day, the melodic Humming Chorus and the unforgettable Love Duet.

Back by overwhelming public demand, Senbla presents Opera International’s Ellen Kent production of a new Madama Butterfly has been announced for 2022 with breath-taking costumes (such as antique wedding kimonos from Japan) and exquisite sets including a Japanese garden.

In addition to a highly lauded chorus and full orchestra, the show will feature renowned Korean soprano Elena Dee and celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova.*


The Ellen Kent production of Madama Butterfly is touring the UK from 29 January – 6 May 2022.

You can see the Ellen Kent production of Madama Butterfly in 2022 in the following UK cities:

  • Alhambra
  • Rhyl
  • Sheffield
  • Crawley
  • Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Dartford
  • Bromley
  • Ipswich
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Portsmouth
  • Torquay
  • York
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Hull
  • Brighton
  • Woking
  • Merseyside
  • London
  • Leicester
  • Sunderland
  • Manchester
  • High Wycombe
  • Basingstoke
  • Reading
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Bournemouth

For the 2022 shows, the Ellen Kent production of Madama Butterfly is welcoming back Korean soprano Elena Dee and international soprano Alyona Kistenyova. (Please note: this cast is subject to change.)

The Ellen Kent production of Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

In the first half of 2022, along with Madama Butterfly, opera fans can enjoy Opera International’s award-winning Ellen Kent productions of Tosca and Carmen.

Tickets for Madama Butterfly's 2022 tour dates are on sale now.