Madama Butterfly Athens Festival Odeon Herodes
The Greek National Opera presents Madama Butterfly in Athens. Photograph: Stefanos


Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
When: 1, 4, 7, 10 June 2023
Why Go: To see Puccini’s famous aria LIVE beneath the glow of the Acropolis

The Greek National Opera presents Madama Butterfly at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival

An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly is set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. A young geisha girl falls in love with an American Lieutenant who ultimately leads to her demise.

The much sought-after stage director and performer Olivier Py, who has put on more than forty works of opera around the world, will be tackling Madama Butterfly for the first time, filling the Roman outdoor venue with the aesthetics and colours of Japan, as filtered through his own signature directorial style. Working with him to create the sets and costumes is his long-time collaborator Pierre-André Weitz.

Madama Butterfly Athens Festival Odeon Herodes

Madama Butterfly at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens | Photograph: Stefanos

Puccini’s Japanese tragedy sheds light on the stark differences between the two cultures of Japan and America through the tale of fatal love.

Vassilis Christopoulos

With the Orchestra, Chorus, and Soloists of the Greek National Opera

Why Athens Tip: Madama Butterly will be performed in Italian with Greek and English subtitles.

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