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Madame Butterfly

Jan. 26-  Feb. 11, 2024

Silenced by Love

Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly, with its soaring score and unforgettable tragic story, returns to HGO in a revival of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production. The opera’s diverse cast will be led by internationally sought-after soprano Ailyn Perez, who returns to Houston as Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese girl who marries American naval lieutenant Pinkerton, performed by tenor Yongzhao Yu in his role debut. As the tale unfolds, Cio-Cio-San, abandoned by her husband, raises their son while faithfully waiting for him to return to Japan. When Pinkerton finally reappears, bringing with him a new wife and seeking to take his child back to America, heartbreaking tragedy ensues. The production’s revival, directed by Jordan Braun, stars mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce as Suzuki, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as Sharpless, bass William Guanbo Su as the Bonze, and tenor Rodell Rosel as Goro. Maestro Patrick Summers conducts.

A Co-Production of Houston Grand Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    All Ages
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 52 Minutes. Includes 2 intermissions.
  • Language
    Sung in Italian with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative


Ailyn Pérez


Raquel González (Alt Cast)


Yongzhao Yu


Eric Taylor (Alt Cast)


Michael Sumuel


Navasard Hakobyan (Alt Cast)


Sun-Ly Pierce


Emily Treigle (Alt Cast)


Rodell Rosel


William Guanbo Su

The Bonze

André Courville


Erin Wagner

Kate Pinkerton

Cory McGee


Creative Team

Patrick Summers


Michael Grandage

Original Director

Jordan Lee Braun

Revival Director

Christopher Oram

Set and Costume Designer

Neil Austin

Original Lighting Designer

Philip Alfano

Revival Lighting Designer

Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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  • Marianne and Joe Geagea

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  • Carolyn Levy

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