Puccini's tuneful, heart-wrenching, and perennially popular masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, tells the tale of a young Japanese geisha who falls for a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Japan. She marries him in defiance of her family's disapproval, only to be abandoned when he returns to America. Love, longing, betrayal, and sacrifice pulse through some of Puccini's most expressive music. Equally appealing to the new and curious as well as the seasoned opera aficionado, Madama Butterfly is sure to grip your heart. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online ( mccarter.org/princetonfestival), by phone at 609.258.2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office at 91 University Place in Princeton. Visit princetonfestival.org for complete information about all 2018 Princeton Festival performances and events.