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.