The NNTT premiere of this production was in June 2005. This will be the third performance of this production. The cast is highlighted by Karine Babajanyan as Madama Butterfly. She has performed this role countless times around the world. Pinkerton is played by Massimiliano Pisapia who thrives in this role, as well as in other Puccini operas. Ales Jenis, a rising young baritone, is the cast of Sharpless. Carlo Montanaro, who is establishing quite a career in Europe, is conducting.
The setting is Nagasaki in the Meiji Era. The U.S. naval officer Pinkerton buys the freedom of 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San in Nagasaki, where his ship docked, and marries her without giving it too much thought. Pinkerton soon departs for America. Despite his long silence, Cio-Cio-San waits for her husband's return in the belief that "one fine day he will come back" and turns down a new proposal of marriage. Finally Pinkerton's ship calls at Nagasaki again. But he is accompanied by his wife Kate. Having seen an unfamiliar American woman and learned the whole truth, Cio-Cio-San kills herself with a dagger left by her father.