Giacomo Puccini


"Madama Butterfly" ("Cio-Cio San")


libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

based on John Luther Long's short story "Madame Butterfly".

long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as the one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan


Opera in 3 acts

The performance has two intermissions.

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Age category: 10+


The opera is performed in Italian, accompanied by synchronized subtitles in Kazakh and Russian



Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-san) (soprano)

Suzuki, her maid (mezzo-soprano)

Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, Lieutenant of the American Navy (tenor)

Kat Pinkerton, his wife (mezzo-soprano)

Sharpless, Consul in Nagasaki (baritone)

Goro, swat broker (tenor)

Prince Yamadori, a wealthy Japanese man (tenor-baritone)

Bonza, uncle of Cio-Cio-san (bass)

Commissioner (bass)

Dolore, Cio-Cio San's child


Relatives, friends, girlfriends, servants of Cio-Cio-san


Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Abay Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theatre after Abay



Production Team:

Stage Director - Vladimir Zhdanov (Russia)

Set Designer - Gulfayrus Ismailova, People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Honored Figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Chorus Master - Aliya Temirbekova