Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini



Libretto:  Luigi Illicia & Giuseppe Giasca

First Performance: Teatro alla Scala, Milano, February 17, 1904

First Peformance at the Israeli Opera: December 16, 1995

First Performance of this production: April 9, 2008

Conductor           Daniel Inbal
  Omer M. Wellber 18.4, 21.4, 22.4
Director Mariusz Trelinski
Set Designer Boris Kudlicka
Lighting Designer Joan Sullivan Gent
Costume Designers Magdalena Teslawska
Pawel Grabarczyk


Emil Wesolowski


[Madama Butterfly]
Hiromi Omura
Larissa Tetuev 10.4, 12.4, 16.4, 18.4, 22.4
F.B Pinkerton

Zoran Todorovich

Yotam Cohen 11.4, 15.4, 17.4, 22.4

Jonathan Summers

Vladimir Braun 11.4, 13.4, 16.4, 18.4, 21.4
Suzuki Svetlana Sandler
Goro Joseph Hu
Yosef Aridan 11.4, 12.4, 16.4, 21.4, 22.4
Prince Yamadori Noah Briger
Bonzo Alexi Kanonikoff
Kate Pinkerton Noa Danon
Imperial Comissario Anatoli Krasik
Ufficial del registro Ville Lignell

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Conductor: Yishai Steckler

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Surtitles: Israel Ouval 

Sung in Italian
Surtitles in English and Hebrew

Renowned Polish director, Mariuz Trelinsky, presents the story of the young Japanese geisha who kills herself once she grasps that the love of the past led to a present with no honor.


Production Album

Photos: Yossi Zwecker        



*Wed 9.3 (20:00), Thurs 10.4 (20:00), Fri 11.4 (13:00), Sat 12.4 (20:00),

Sun 13.4 (20:00), Tues 15.4 (20:00), Wed 16.3 (20:00), Fri 18.4 (13:00)

Mon 21.4 (20:00), Tues 22.4 (20:00)

Towards opening: Sat 5.4 (11:00)

Before the show back stage tours: Thurs 10.4(19:00), Sun 13.4 (19:00), Wed 16.3 (19:00)

* Premiere


"What an Amazing Production...For many years I am following great opera productions around the world, but I have never seen such a stunning production of Madama Butterfly in my life. This is a production with style, with sensitivity. It is a festivity of creative imagination which allows the singers to blossom. What an amazing production!
The stage designed by Boris Kudilka is stunning in its simple beauty. Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura soars with a wonderful voice and excites with singing full of amazing subtleties. Israeli mezzo Svetlana Sandler as Suzuki is superb showcasing a warm velvety voice and humane expression."
(Hanoch Ron, Yediot Aharonot, April 11, 2008)
"This is one of the most impressive productions in the history of the Israeli Opera because of the director and the set designer."
(Hagai Hitron, Haaretz, April 10, 2008)
"This is one of the most beautiful productions that were presented by the Israeli Opera. The production is modern but in the best sense of the word. The moment in which Butterfly arrives to the wedding is visually breathtaking. The lighting is sublime. This is a production and design that should not be missed. Larissa Tetuev is the star of this show and she is very exciting as Butterfly. Jonathan Summers was the authoritative consul and Zoran Todorovic impressed with his rich and beautiful voice as Pinkerton."
 (Omer Shomroni, Globs, April 15, 2008)

 “Never in my long life have I seen such an excellent production of Madama Butterfly. But it’s not just that. This is one of the most beautiful productions I have ever seen at the opera.”
(Placido Domingo)

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