Madama Butterfly: Met Opera Encore


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 30 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Met Opera Summer Encore
Release Year:2008/2009 Season
Run Time:2 hours, 45 minutes
Met Company
Conductor:Patrick Summers
Opera Company:Patricia Racette
Maria Zifchak
Marcello Giordani
Dwayne Croft
Production:Anthony Minghella
Stage Director:Carolyn Choa
Set Designer:Michael Levine
Costume Designer:Han Feng
Lighting Designer:Peter Mumford
Choreographer:Carolyn Choa


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the summer encore of the Met Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” (from the 2008/2009 season) on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s opera stars soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, the trusting and innocent young geisha. She disastrously falls in love with American Navy lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, sung by tenor Marcello Giordani, only to be abandoned by him. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak is her loyal servant, Suzuki, and baritone Dwayne Croft is Sharpless, the sympathetic American consul who does all he can but is unable to avert tragedy.

15-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Butterfly, enters into an arranged marriage with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Pinkerton. He just wants to enjoy himself, but she takes the union seriously, even converting to Christianity. On her wedding day, she endures the scorn of her entire family, who denounces her for betraying their traditional faith.

Three years later, Butterfly is still waiting for Pinkerton, who returned to America shortly after the marriage. A rich Japanese prince asks her to marry him, but she rejects his proposal, claiming that her husband has not deserted her. When the American consul Sharpless visits to break the news that Pinkerton will soon arrive with his new American wife, Butterfly triumphantly shows him her young son. Sharpless can’t bring himself to tell her the truth. Pinkerton’s ship lands at the harbor, and Butterfly, her maid, and the child settle into an all-night vigil.

Dawn breaks, and Butterfly is still waiting. When she is confronted with the truth in the person of Kate Pinkerton, she agrees to give up her child if Pinkerton will come for him. Knowing that she cannot continue to live without honor, she says goodbye to her son, blindfolds him, and kills herself as Pinkerton arrives, calling her name.