Giacomo Puccini

Madam Butterfly

A tender kiss can conceal the hardest of hearts.

26 Feb - 17 Apr 2020

Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production returns to the London Coliseum. His staging combines cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre.

In Puccini‘s story of unrequited love, Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese girl, falls in love and marries American naval officer Pinkerton. He goes back to the US before the birth of their son leaving Cio-Cio San to await his return.

Natalya Romaniw, last season’s acclaimed Mimì (La bohème) at ENO, sings the title role for the first time in London.

She is joined by tenors Dimitri Pittas and Adam Smith who share the role of Pinkerton.

Leading British baritone Olivier Award-nominated Roderick Williams is Sharpless. Mezzo Stephanie Windsor-Lewis returns as Suzuki.

Conducting this revival is ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins.

Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Lithuanian National Opera

Some material in this production may not be suitable for young children.

'Ravishingly beautiful'

Evening Standard

12 Evening Performances Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 50mins

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Pre performance talk
11 Mar 2020
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
20 Mar 2020
English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

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Creative Team

Martyn Brabbins


Martin Fitzpatrick

Mar 11, 13, Apr 7

Anthony Minghella


Carolyn Choa

Associate Director/Choreographer

Glen Sheppard

Revival Director

Michael Levine

Set Designer

Han Feng

Costume Designer

Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer

David John

Revival Choreographer

David Parry


Blind Summit



Natalya Romaniw

Cio-Cio San

Dimitri Pittas


Adam Smith

(Mar 20, Apr 4, 7, 17)

Roderick Williams


George von Bergen

(Apr 17)

Stephanie Windsor-Lewis


Alasdair Elliott


Keel Watson

The Bonze

Njabulo Madlala

Prince Yamnadori

Katie Stevenson

Kate Pinkerton