G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by John Gutman for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.

    • Libretto by G. Giacosa and Luigi Illica. English translation by John Gutman.
    • English, Italian

    Programme Note

    Cast List:
       MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Cho-Cho-San): Soprano
       SUZUKI, her servant: Mezzo-Soprano
       KATE PINKERTON: Mezzo-Soprano
       B. F. PINKERTON, Lieutenant in the United States Navy: Tenor
       SHARPLESS, United States Consul at Nagasaki: Baritone
       GORO, a marriage broker: Tenor
       PRINCE YAMADORI: Baritone
       THE BONZE, Cho-Cho-San's uncle: Bass
       YAKUSIDÉ: Baritone
       CHO-CHO-SAN'S MOTHER: Mezzo-Soprano
       THE AUNT: Mezzo-Soprano
       THE COUSIN: Soprano
       SORROW, Cho-Cho-San's child
       Cho-Cho-San's Relatives and Friends, Servants

    Lieutenant Pinkerton, an American naval officer, falls for the beautiful young geisha Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) and the pair agree to marry. However the selfish Pinkerton sees the marriage as a short-term arrangement while Cio-Cio San is prepared to sacrifice her culture and her disapproving family for the man she loves. Against the advice of the American Consul Sharpless, the wedding ceremony goes ahead. Pinkerton returns to America and Butterfly confidently awaits his return with their child and her servant Suzuki. Pinkerton eventually returns to Japan with his new American wife and learns that he has a son. Butterfly is overwhelmed by grief at her husband’s unfaithfulness and kills herself.