Information on Seat Selection

Best Available Seat Booking
In best available seat booking, you choose a category of seats and select the number of tickets you would like. An automatic allocation of seats will take place within the selected category; you receive the best available seats.
Seating Chart Booking
In seating chart booking, you personally select your exact seats from agraphic seating chart. Begin the seating chart booking and choose an area. There you can select the seats by clicking on them.
General Seating
means that, with your ticket, you can freely select your seat according to the conditions on-site.

Information on Online Sales

Please examine our General Terms and Conditions and our information regarding privacy policy (in German) as well as the following information on ticket pre-sales.
Ticket Pre-sales
Ticket pre-sales for performances at all venues generally begin on the same date two months before the day of the performance. If the first pre-sale date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then pre-sales will begin on that Friday. If it falls on a holiday, then sales will begin the day before. Binding orders with a SEPA Direct Debit mandate will start to be processed two weeks before ticket pre-sales begin. Some events cannot be purchased through online sales. For such cases, please contact our telephone ticket service ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm). Performances outside of the previously mentioned pre-sale periods can be ordered using the online ordering form. Please examine our general information on ticket pre-sales.
Seat Selection
In the course of your booking, information relating to seat selection will be displayed.
Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for online sales include a service fee of 1.00 € per ticket.
Discounts (other than the Schauspielcard)
Please use the alternative sales channels for discounts, as they are not available or applicable for online sales.
Gift Vouchers
Gift certificates can be transferred to third parties and are valid up to three years after the issue date. The period begins on December 31 of the year the certificate has been purchased. An extension of this period is excluded. The disbursement of the certificate value is not possible. The monetary value will be offset against the price (higher differences must be paid). Existing remaining amounts are disbursed as another gift certificate. A later setting-off of a certificate to a purchase already made is not possible. Gift certificates cannot be used for the purchase of further certificates.
Delivery / Pick Up with Confirmation of Purchase
Tickets or gift vouchers can be sent out for a shipping fee of 1.50 €, if the time of the order allows for it. The Staatstheater Stuttgart cannot accept any responsibility for the shipment.
Confirmation of purchase will automatically be sent by email to the address you provided, as soon as purchase of your order has been initiated.
By presenting printed confirmation of purchase, tickets can be picked up at the theatre box office or at the appropriate performance box office; gift vouchers only at the theatre box office (Mon – Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm).
Only printed tickets are valid as passes for means of transport with the VVS. Printed confirmations of purchase will not be accepted as valid ride passes for the VVS.
You can purchase any of our print@home ticket(s) (with the start of season 14/15) at any time and print them out yourself. This booking service is available to you until 1 hour before a performance starts at no additional cost and is specified during the booking via choice of shipping option. After completing the purchasing transaction, the desired ticket will be displayed as a PDF file and can be printed immediately. You will receive a confirmation of purchase at the email address you have provided, with the ticket file as an attachement. The personalization of each ticket with a name and date of birth prevents improper duplication for the protection of the purchaser. Each ticket entitles the holder to one unique admission in conjunction with a valid ID. If there are any questions, please contact our telephone sales office ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90). Operating hours telephone sales office: Mon - Fri 10 am - 08 pm; Sat 10 am - 06 pm.

print@home ticket = transit ticket
Your print@home ticket is valid as a transit ticket for public transportation in the VVS system at no additional cost and will automatically beeig print with your print@home ticket. Please pay attention to the required personalisation during the booking transaction.
Late Seating
may not be possible for certain performances. Our telephone ticket service (0711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm) will be happy to provide you with more information!
Tickets can be paid with credit card (American Express, MasterCard, VISA) or SEPA direct debit (Not for new customers, these should call our ticket-service first (+49) (0)711. 20 20 90).
Return / Exchange
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Cast Feb 2019 - Apr 2019
Conductor: Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Eun Sun Kim, Thomas Guggeis, Director: Monique Wagemakers, Stage Design: Karl Kneidl, Costumes: Silke Willrett, Lighting: Reinhard Traub, Chorus: Christoph Heil, Bernhard Moncado, Dramaturgy: Prof. Klaus Zehelein

Cio-Cio San: Karine Babajanyan, Karah Son, Suzuki: Maria Theresa Ullrich, Kate Pinkerton: Simone Jackel, Pinkerton: Rafael Rojas, Ivan Magrì, Sharpless: Ashley David Prewett, Michael Ebbecke, Dario Solari, Goro: Torsten Hofmann, Heinz Göhrig, Prince Yamadori: Antoine Foulon, The Bonze: David Steffens, The Imperial Commissioner: Siegfried Laukner, With: Staatsopernchor Stuttgart, Staatsorchester Stuttgart

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
In Italian with German supertitles

Cio-Cio-San, whom her people call Butterfly, marries American Naval officer Pinkerton. Whilst Pinkerton is only on the lookout for a brief affair, Butterfly accepts that to her the marriage represents a cut-off from her past and her cultural traditions. He returns to America, leaving Butterfly behind, pregnant and full of hope for the future. Pinkerton returns to Japan after three years. His plan is to take the child with him to the States and to his new American wife. Cio-Cio-San commits suicide.

With a musical flair of the exotic, Puccini throws a light onto the far side of colonialism – the world premiere of this „Japanese tragedy“ took place in 1904 and revealed the strangeness between different cultures and the way they generally approach each other.


A introduction is held 45 minutes prior to the start of every performance at the Grand Tier Foyer (Foyer I. Rang)
Photo gallery


American Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is stationed in Nagasaki. Following a Japanese custom, he has bought a house via an estate agent called Goro. The lease for 999 years comes with the right to take the geisha Cio-Cio-San - also known as Butterfly - as his wife. Impatiently, he awaits his bride on their wedding day. He would like to get the Japanese wedding ceremony over with quickly, as for him, it is an unnecessary prelude to the nights of passion he anticipates.

First, however, consul Sharpless appears; Pinkerton talks to him in raptures about the Japanese property and marriage contracts which are made without proper commitment. Sharpless warns him not to take this new commitment too lightly. He noticed how Butterfly informed herself about America at the consulate.

Butterfly arrives with her female friends and relatives. The ceremony is about to begin which seems very amusing to Pinkerton, whilst Butterfly takes it very seriously. She has already converted to the American religion and left her own traditional Japanese belief behind, ready to break with her Japanese past completely. The wedding is abruptly curtailed by the sudden appearance of her uncle Bonze. He damns Butterfly, because she has renounced her faith; the relatives disown her and cast her out of their society.

It is evening now. Butterfly is being prepared by her servant Suzuki. The besotted Pinkerton can barely believe that this »plaything« is all his. Butterfly and Pinkerton have been finally left alone. Butterfly needs to tell him how deep her love for him is, before they sleep together for the first time

Three years have passed. When he left, Pinkerton promised to return. Butterfly has burned all bridges behind her and keeps to herself. Suzuki doubts whether Pinkerton will ever return. Butterfly is not to be shaken in her belief and she forces her servant to pledge that she joins her mistress in this conviction.

Sharpless turns up looking for Butterfly. He has received a letter from Pinkerton who is on his way to Japan, yet not for Butterfly's sake - a shocking fact that Sharpless tries to communicate as gently as possible. Butterfly, however, refuses to face her situation.

The wealthy Yamadori arrives to ask Butterfly's hand in marriage. She treats him with contempt as she still believes in her »American« marriage. Sharpless urges her to accept Yamadori's marriage proposal and reminds her that Pinkerton might never return. Upon hearing this, Butterfly presents her child who is Pinkerton's son and whose existence legitimates her bond with Pinkerton.

Cannon shots announce the arrival of a ship. Butterfly enjoys a moment of triumph: her husband returns! She decorates the house with flowers to receive him in style. Butterfly, Suzuki and the child await Pinkerton's arrival.

As day breaks, Pinkerton has still not arrived. Butterfly has waited through the night. She now retires with the child. Suzuki is taken by surprise by the arrival of Sharpless and Pinkerton, whilst Pinkerton's wife Kate waits outside. They have come to fetch the child and ask for Suzuki's help.

Pinkerton is unable to face the misery he brought to the house and leaves. Butterfly wakes up. She notices the consul and the unfamiliar woman and learns the truth. She sends everyone away on the pretense of handing over her son to Pinkerton in person. Butterfly then tells her child to leave and commits suicide.