Libretto by Luigi ILLICA and Giuseppe GIACOSA

New production

  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
  • Fondazione Festival Pucciniano Torre del Lago

Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : April 2001

The story

Around 1900 in Japan, American officer Pinkerton marries the young Geisha, Cio-cio-san, who loves him with passion. From this union, a child is born, but the lieutenant who has returned home, ignores that he is now a father. On a journey to Japan three years later with his American wife, he comes to take his son. Betrayed and abandoned, there is only one way out for Cio-cio-san


Thanks to the success of Tosca, the now famous Puccini was seeking a new subject able to provide him with a deeply tragic remit. He set his sights on a play by playwright David Belasco, Madame Butterfly, inspired by true events: the disastrous love story of a young girl, Cio-cio-san, whose name means “Butterfly” in Japanese.

Madama Butterfly was a dream opportunity to draw on the “Japanism” that was fashionable in the West in the late 19th century. Seeking brand new colours and unique atmospheres, the musician studied the language, culture and music of Japan, not hesitating to use several authentic melodies. The result is deeply moving. The author stated that it was his “most sincere and most expressive” opera.

A sublime portrait of a fragile woman/child filled with purity and ideals, the masterpiece of the Maestro from Lucca has lost none of its force, offering audiences a wonderful moment of human and musical emotion.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.


Online, Saturday 21th of september, on France TV platform at 8PM

Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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