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May 13, 16, and 18, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
May 20, 2023, 2 p.m.

Location: Grand Théâtre de Québec

An Opéra de Québec production

Who would have thought, given the hostile reception meted out to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at its Milan premiere in 1904, that it would become one of the world’s most beloved operas? The tragic tale of Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) is well known—the innocent young geisha who naïvely falls for and marries Pinkerton, a young officer in the US navy who wants nothing more than a fling and quickly abandons her. Three years later, she continues to await her love’s return and has rejected other marriage proposals. Pinkerton, who unknowingly left her pregnant, is returning with his “real American bride.” The penny finally drops for Cio-Cio-San when the two of them appear to take her child away, and she chooses to die “with honour” rather than live on in shame. The opera’s magnificent arias and depiction of traditional Japanese customs and values have made it a favourite with audiences across the ages, while Pinkerton’s moral vacuity remains as shocking as ever.
For this production of Madama Butterfly, the company has brought in director François Racine, a long-time Opéra de Québec collaborator. He’s a leading figure of the lyric stage, so expect a production that measures up to the brilliance of Puccini’s score. And music director Clelia Cafiero certainly knows her way around that score. Opéra de Québec is thrilled to welcome this rising star, who is also the first woman to direct one of the company’s regular-season productions.

Original Italian version with French surtitles.

With the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Opéra de Québec chorus.

Clelia Cafiero

Music director

François Racine


Michel Baker


MyungJoo Lee

Cio-Cio San


Eric Laporte


Phillip Addis


Geneviève Dompierre-Smith

Kate Pinkerton

Geoffroy Salvas


Marcel Beaulieu

The bonze

Robert Huard


Michel Desbiens



Agathe Herrmann

Cho-Cho-San’s mother


Andréanne Laprise

The aunt


Émilie Baillargeon

The cousin




Billetterie du Grand Théâtre de Québec
418 643-8131
Tuesday and Wednesday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
In person: 269 boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Québec City, Québec
Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.




Sections Single tickets
1 performance
2 performances
Parterre A-B-C-D $75 $120
Parterre E-F-G and R-S-T-U $120 $192
Parterre H to Q, seats 27 to 1 and 2 to 26 $140 $224
Parterre H to Q, seats 51 to 29 and 28 to 52 $120 $192
Parterre V-W-X $75 $120
Circle F-G $140 $224
Circle H $130 $208
Mezzanine F $110 $176
Mezzanine G-H $75 $120
Balcony F $75 $120
Balcony G-H-J-K $55 $88
Circle box $160 $256
Mezzanine box $120 $192
Balcony box $95 $152


Youth and children

Age 30 and under, except $140 and $160 sections $45
Age 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult, all seats $30
Wheelchair $70



Group rate

Savings start at 10% Discount based on size of group (10 people or more)

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