Asmik Grigorian, Aleksandra Kurzak, Eleonora Buratto & Jonathan Tetelman Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to present Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” for 16 performances.

The Anthony Minghella production, which is set to be performed between Jan. 11 and May 11, 2024, will showcase two casts.

The first cast will see the New Jersey Symphony Music Director Xian Zhang make her Met debut, leading a cast starring soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Matthew Polenzani as Pinkerton. They will be joined by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, and baritone Davide Luciano as Sharpless. Later in the run, soprano Eleonora Buratto stars as Cio-Cio-San for five performances in February.

In the spring, Asmik Grigorian and Jonathan Tetelman take on the lead roles with Lucas Meachem and DeShong in the cast. The spring cast will be presented as part of The Met: Live in HD series.

Additional casting includes Derrick Inouye conducting the Jan. 14 performance and mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti as Suzuki on Jan. 17 and 24.

The Jan. 11 and 24, March 14, April 30, and May 11 performances of “Madama Butterfly” will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on the SiriusXM app. The May 11 performance will broadcast over The Robert K. Johnson Foundation–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.