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A Musical Masterpiece - When an American naval officer weds a beautiful young geisha, a clash of cultures ensues. Acclaimed theater director Mark Lamos creates an intimate production that evokes Japan without imitating it, allowing Puccini's study of "great sorrows in little souls" and dramatic melodies to take center stage. Audience favorite Shu-Ying Li returns with her heart rending portrayal of the title role, with rising tenor James Valenti as Lt. Pinkerton.

Written four decades before World War II, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has only become more relevant as history has unfolded. This poignant story of a disastrous clash of cultures is elegant in its simplicity, making Puccini’s luscious score downright transcendental. The intimacy of this production, starring James Valenti and Shu Ying Li, gives the tragic finale devastating impact.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


New York State Theater at Lincoln Center - David H

20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023