Music, Classical, Opera

Madama But­ter­fly - Icelandic Op­era

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5.200 - 14.900 kr


4th March - 26th March



Creative team
Conductor Levente Török
Stage Director & Set Designer Michiel Dijkema
Custome Designer María Th. Ólafsdóttir

Cio-Cio-San Hye Youn Lee                    Prins Yamadori Jón Svavar Jósefsson
Suzuki Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir             Kate Pinkerton Karin Torbjörnsdóttir
Pinkerton  Egill Árni Pálsson              Yakuside Jón Ingi Stefánsson
Sharpless Hrólfur Sæmundsson       Cio-Cio-San mother Sigurlaug Knudsen
Goro Snorri Wium                                The aunt Hulda D. Proppé
Bonze Viðar Gunnarsson                      The cousin Bernadett Hegyi
The Imperial Commissioner
Unnsteinn Árnason   

Madama Butterfly by the Italian composer Puccini takes place in Japan around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the most popular operas in the world and is also considered one of the most beautiful ones. It is a tragic story about love, the longing for a better life, shattered dreams and loss.

Michiel Dijkema is the Stage Director of the production. He has staged many well known productions around the world s.a. Tosca in Leipzig, Turandot in Magdeburg and La Vie Parisienne at Vienna Staatsoper. He designes the set himself but María Th. Ólafsdóttir designes the costumes.

Cio Cio San is a young Japanese geisha who falls in love with a US Navy officer with fatal consequences. He marries her but she dreams of a better life away from poverty and hardship. When he leaves Japan, she is pregnant with their son, but he didn´t know before he left. She waits for him for three years convinced that he will come back for her and bring her with him to the United States.

He returns after three years with his American wife who has agreed to raise her son. In one instant all her dreams die and the only way for her is to take her own life.

The opera premiered at La Scala on February 17th 1904 and was not received well at all by the audience. The composer was heartbroken and returned the fee he had received for the commission.

After some changes in the score the opera was shown again a few months later in Brescia and was a big success. It has ever since been one of the most beloved of all operas around the world.


Íslenska Óperan

The ticket prices are as follows:


11.900 kr.


10.900 kr.


8.900 kr.


6.900 kr.


14.900 kr.

What´s on


Harpa´s main hall, Eldborg, is designed to provide the audience with an unforgettable experience on numerous levels. The hall’s design make Eldborg a truly adaptable modern venue that can accommodate up to 1,600 guests at one time. Harpa corner is an open space located in front of the hall. This magnificent space is ideal for coffee breaks or receptions related to events in Eldborg.