featuring Maria Kanyova & Adam Diegel October 1 & 3, 2015
Madama Butterfly

OPERA San Antonio presented Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, featuring Maria Kanyova as Cio-Cio San and Adam Diegel as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton.

The Denver Post raved, “…soprano Maria Kanyova hardly could be more convincing with her appropriately youthful appearance and ability to convey the young wife’s innocence, vulnerability and pain”.

San Antonio Symphony, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director, performed in collaboration with OPERA San Antonio.


The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

Goro, a marriage broker, briefs the American Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton on what he can expect while in Japan. Pinkerton explains to Sharpless, the American consul, that he intends to marry a young Japanese girl. After he is introduced to the girl, Butterfly, they are married according to Japanese custom. The Bonze, Butterfly’s uncle, who has learned that Butterfly has adopted her new husband’s religion, denounces her. Pinkerton consoles his bride.


Three years later, Pinkerton has returned to the United States; Butterfly and her maid, Suzuki, wait in Japan for him. Goro insists that Pinkerton has deserted Butterfly and attempts to interest her in a new husband, but she refuses. When Sharpless, too, tries to convince her to move on, Butterfly reveals her son by Pinkerton. A cannon sounds and Pinkerton’s ship is seen in the harbor. Butterfly and Suzuki make preparations to greet him.


After a long vigil, Butterfly puts her child to bed. Sharpless appears with Pinkerton and Kate, Pinkerton’s American wife; they ask Suzuki to break the news of their marriage to Butterfly. Pinkerton leaves, distraught. When Butterfly receives the news, she agrees to send the child back to America with his father, but only if Pinkerton comes for him. Dismissing everyone, she contemplates a family heirloom—the dagger her father used to kill himself.

Maria Kanyova as Cio-Cio San

Adam Diegel as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton

Kristen Choi as Suzuki

Luis Ledesma as Sharpless

Steven Cole as Goro

Orit Amy Eylon as Kate Pinkerton

Matthew Arnold as Prince Yamadori and The Bonze

Ron Ulen as The Imperial Commissioner

Chiawei Lee as The Official Registrar


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