One of the most emblematic of all operas featuring Lianna Haroutounian and Ainhoa Arteta in her debut as Cio-Cio San

“Whoever cannot live with honour must die with honour”, sings Cio-Cio-san before she commits ritual suicide. Madama Butterfly, one of the best-loved operas of the Italian Verismo movement, now returns to the Liceu in the successful production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. The drama of Cio-Cio-san, the Japanese geisha whose pride and honour are wounded by the American lieutenant Pinkerton, is an enduring favourite among opera fans. The show focusses on the inner drama of Puccini's protagonists, while the highly sensitive visual effects are in perfect harmony with the spirit of the score. The acclaimed Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutourian will be making her Liceu debut in this production, while Basque soprano Ainhoa Arteta, now at her personal and vocal peak, will be singing Cio-Cio-san for the first time.

Madama Butterfly

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. World premiere: 17/02/1904 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 02/08/1907 at the Teatre del Bosc. First Liceu performance: 10/12/1909. Last Liceu performance: 29/07/2013. Number of Liceu performances: 178.

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Cast change

  • Maria Teresa Leva will made her debut as Cio-Cio-San at the Liceu
    • Italian soprano Maria Teresa Leva will debut the role of Cio-Cio-San at the Liceu, where she will sing for the first time, replacing Ainhoa ​​Arteta who cancelled the performances of the 13th and 16th of January due to laryngitis.
  • Jorge de León sings the role of Pinkerton in the performance of January 13, replacing Rame Lajah due to an indisposition.

January 2019

12Saturday20:00Turn CFee 2
13Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 2
15Tuesday20:00Turn DFee 3
16Wednesday20:00Turn BFee 3
19Saturday20:00Turn EFee 2
20Sunday17:00Turn TFee 2
21Monday20:00Turn AFee 3
22Tuesday20:00Turn PCFee 3
28Monday20:00Turn HFee 3
29Tuesday20:00Turn PEADFee 3

First act 55m
Interval 30m
Second act 52m
Pause 4m
Third act 33m

Approximate running time 2h 50m

Information of Interest


Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons why you should'nt miss Madama Butterfly

  • Giacomo Puccini's Japanese opera.
  • The apotheosis of melodrama.
  • An opera about the female conception of honour.
  • Ideal for a first taste of opera.
  • Love and death in an operatic vision of Japan.