Introduction Gallery More info MADAMA BUTTERFLY 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. With the support of: 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 201912Saturday20:00Turn CFee 213Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 215Tuesday20:00Turn DFee 316Wednesday20:00Turn BFee 319Saturday20:00Turn EFee 220Sunday17:00Turn TFee 221Monday20:00Turn AFee 322Tuesday20:00Turn PCFee 328Monday20:00Turn HFee 329Tuesday20:00Turn PEADFee 3 First act 55m Interval 30m Second act 52m Pause 4m Third act 33m Approximate running time 2h 50m (© A. Bofill) (© A. Bofill) Jorge de León i Isaac Galán (© A. Bofill) Lianna Haroutounian (© A. Bofill) Lianna Haroutounian (© A. Bofill) Damián del Castillo, Mercedes Gancedo i Ana Ibarra (© A. Bofill) Information of Interest Playlist 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.