Madama Butterfly – 2013 Season

Giacomo Puccini


Opera in three acts

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based in part on the short story of the same name by John Luther Long, with elements from the novel

Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

First performed February 17th 1904, La Scala, Milan

With the City of London Sinfonia and Opera Holland Park Chorus

New production

Opera Holland Park, Holland Park, London


Production supported by Winton Capital

Production also supported by Opera Holland Park Friends Production Syndicate Members: Philip Bowman, Andrew and Fiona Brannon, Christopher and Jo Holdsworth Hunt, Veronica Metter, Richard and Susan Price, Jan Woloniecki

Chorus generously supported by Mrs Angela Lascelles


Performances on 8, 12, 14 (The Christine Collins Young Artists’ performance), 16 (2pm), 20, 24, 29 June and 2, 4 July 2013


Conductor Manlio Benzi

Associate Conductor Natalie Murray (14 June)

Director Paul Higgins

Designer Neil Irish

Lighting Designer Richard Howell

Associate Director Emma Rivlin

Répétiteur Stuart Wild

Chorus Master

Stage Manager Bee George

Deputy Stage Manager Emily Palmer

Assistant Stage Managers Elizabeth Fielding, Claire Litton



Butterfly Anne Sophie Duprels

Pinkerton Joseph Wolverton

Suzuki Patricia Orr

Sharpless David Stephenson

Goro Robert Burt

Kate Pinkerton Chloe Hinton

Bonze Barnaby Rea

Prince Yamadori John Lofthouse

The Imperial Commissioner Henry Grant Kerswell

The Official Registrar Alistair Sutherland

Butterfly’s Mother Lindsay Bramley

The Aunt Loretta Hopkins

The Cousin Maud Millar

Yakuside Nathan Morrison


For The Christine Collins Young Artists’ performance

Butterfly Anne Sophie Duprels

Pinkerton Luis Gomes

Suzuki Maria Fiselier

Sharpless Ben McAteer

Goro Peter Davoren

Kate Pinkerton Katie Slater

Bonze Marcin Gesla

Prince Yamadori Dominic Kraemer

The Imperial Commissioner Ian Beadle

The Official Registrar Alistair Sutherland

Butterfly’s Mother Ruth Trawford

The Aunt Joanne Roughton-Arnold

The Cousin Rebecca Hardwick

Yakuside Danny Standing