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Madama Butterfly

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Enjoy Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini, one of the most popular and most artistically valued operas of all time! 


A “Yankee”, Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton, enchanted by the picturesque Japanese milieu and the 15-year-old Cio-Cio San, nicknamed Butterfly, decides to marry and spend the honeymoon in Nagasaki.

He soon abandons his young wife, but after a long time returns so as to take away the child Cio-Cio San has given birth to in the meantime...

In “Butterfly”, Puccini eschewed intricate action and boisterous dramatic events, opting instead for an intimate story and highlighting the psychology of the characters,

fleshing out by his music the tiniest details, oscillations and extreme emotional surges, the essential contrast between the Japanese and “Western” mentality, which he also aptly renders by means of many a time surprisingly modified quotations of the US national anthem, as well as giving a forcible depiction of the local colour of Japan, where the story is set. The opera is named after the short story Madame Butterfly by the American lawyer and author John Luther Long, which served as the basis for a drama by the New York impresario and playwright David Belasco, which in turn directly inspired Puccini to compose his celebrated opera, which became a global hit.

Our new production is prepared by the conductor and music director of the State Opera, Martin Leginus, together with the renowned opera director Jiří Herman.


Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly


Soloists of the State Opera
State Opera Orchestra
State Opera Chorus

Please note there is one 20 minutes intermission.

The program may be subject to change.
Please note that purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.

For the performances of the National Theatre, State Opera, Karlin Music Theatre  and the Estates Theatre, no discounts are provided.

Please note that in the State Opera, the seats next to each other are numbered every other seat.
Theatre is a cultural institution. Respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.

On Prague theatre stages you can see opera and ballet performances of the highest artistic level.

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The National Theatre

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The National Theatre is a symbol of the Czech cultural history. In the National Theatre you can see top opera and ballet performances.

The National Theatre is a symbol of the Czech cultural history and the most important and representative theatre of the Czech Republic. 

In The National Theatre you can see top opera and ballet performances.

The National Theatre was built from the desire of the Czech people for national independence. Its building was financed from the collections on which participated broad masses of the people as well as important donators (including the nobility and the emperor himself). The theatre foundation ceremonial on 16th May 1868 became a national celebration.

The National Theatre is the prime stage in the Czech Republic, where you will find the highest artistic quality.

The theatre was opened in 1881. In the same year the theatre burned down, and this tragic event caused a huge wave of new collections to support the restoration of the theatre. The National Theatre was reopened in 1883 by the opera Libuse by Bedrich Smetana and since then it has been serving as a place of Czech national identity and as a flagship of the Czech culture to these days.


Theatre is a cultural institution. Respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.


 * Walking distance from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
25 min

* Accessibility by Prague public transport:
metro B (yellow line) - Mustek stop, trams 17, 18, 22 - Narodni divadlo stop

* Nearest car parking:
National Theatre, Ostrovni 1

Please note that Euro exchange rate is only indicative, you will be billed in Czech Crowns.
Seat category Number of tickets Price
Ground Floor - A. Category 0 48 € (1290 CZK)
1st Balcony - B. Category 0 44 € (1190 CZK)
2nd Balcony - D. Category 0 35 € (950 CZK)
1st Gallery - E. Category 0 18 € (490 CZK)
2nd Gallery - F. Category 0 17 € (450 CZK)
Boxes ground floor - A. Category 0 48 € (1290 CZK)
Boxes 2nd Balcony - C. Category 0 41 € (1100 CZK)
I. Gallery side - E. Category 0 18 € (490 CZK)
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