• March - April 2019
  • Dublin

Madama Butterfly

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Duration: 3 hours including an interval of 20 minutes after Act I

“One of the most moving, communicative, and emotionally cathartic inventions in the history of music and, I dare say, theatre, as well” - John Bell Young in Puccini, a Listener’s guide

Madama Butterfly takes us on the emotional journey of a devoted young asian woman as she faces the truth about Pinkerton, the US navy lieutenant she marries. Sound advice from her maid, Suzuki, and the American consul, Sharpless, falls on deaf ears. The worldly-wise Pinkerton sets up house with Butterfly. But he deserts her, leaving her isolated from family and friends.

“The core soloists are also strongly cast. They’re spearheaded by the ardent Jimmy Mahoney of tenor Julian Hubbard, whose fast vibrato suits the restless, febrile impulses driving the character forward in the dog-eat-dog environment which surrounds him.” - Bachtrack.com

Puccini’s orientally-tinged and compassionate score includes the famous Humming Chorus and the rose-tinted expectation of the aria Un bel di. Butterfly holds on to hope as she longs for the “one fine day” on which her departed lover will return. He does... But not for the kind of reunion she dreamed about.




Cast & Creative Team


Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San) Celine Byrne
B.F. Pinkerton (Lieutenant in the United States Navy) Julian Hubbard
Sharpless (United States Consul) Brett Polegato
Suzuki (Cio-Cio-San’s servant) Doreen Curran
Goro (a marriage broker) Eamonn Mulhall
The Bonze (Cio-Cio-San’s uncle) John Molloy
Kate Pinkerton (March 24, 26,28,30) Niamh O'Sullivan
Kate Pinkerton (April 4 & 5) Rachel Croash
Prince Yamadori Brendan Collins
The Imperial Commissioner Robert McAllister
The Official Registrar Kevin Neville
Yakusidé Cormac Lawlor
Cio-Cio-San’s Mother Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
Cio-Cio-San’s Cousin Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Cio-Cio-San’s Aunt Margaret Bridge
Sorrow (Cio-Cio-San’s Child) 24, 30 March 5 April Jordi McQuaid Roman
Sorrow (Cio-Cio-San’s Child) 26, 28 March 4 April Jack Manning

Creative Team

Conductor Timothy Redmond
Director Ben Barnes
Set Designer Todd Rosenthal
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Lighting Designer John Comiskey
Video Designer Aaron Kelly
Movement Director & Choreographer Libby Seward
Assistant Director Sarah Baxter
Assistant Conductor & Chorus Director Sinead Hayes
Irish National Opera Chorus
RTÉ Concert Orchestra


Celine Byrne Stars in Madama Butterfly