Madama Butterfly

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Mar 29, 2009 Madam Butterfly A Japanese tragedy Founded on the book by John L. Long and the drama by David Belasco Italian libretto by L. Giacosa English version by R. Elkin music by Giacomo Puccini. Madame Butterfly (Lady) - Doyle 24x36 Black Framed - African American Black Art Print Wall Decor Poster #USB2215 us9j19. 5.0 out of 5 stars 5. Subscribe and turn on notifications to be alerted of our uploads!Check our Fantastic Selection with the best Classical Music for Relaxation, Meditation, Focu. Newsletter Sign Up. Stay informed on our latest news and events! Add your email below to sign up. Box Office 305.949.6722. Call Center hours: Monday through Thursday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Friday, Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED. Box Office windows are currently closed.

Today, Puccini operas are an essential part of the core repertory for opera houses around the world. But at the beginning of the 20th century, Puccini was a contemporary composer churning out pieces for opera houses hungry for new works. Although his Madama Butterfly was poorly received at its 1904 world premiere, he quickly revised the opera, and it began to conquer the operatic world. Three years after the world premiere at La Scala, Puccini was invited to the Metropolitan to oversee its first staging here. Apart from the composer’s presence, the stars of that first Met Madama Butterfly were Geraldine Farrar (pictured above, with Louise Homer as Suzuki) and Enrico Caruso in their first performance together. They would henceforth be the Met’s biggest box office duo. Farrar’s youth and beauty were as much a part of her fame as her voice, and as her fame grew over the next 15 years, she developed a fan-base of mostly young women called “gerryflappers” who imitated her style. On the other hand, Caruso was idolized for his voice, which, especially through his recordings, made him the most beloved singer in the world. Puccini confided in a letter that he was not particularly pleased by either of the stars. Although he was normally highly vulnerable to beautiful women, he wrote cryptically that Farrar “was not what she ought to have been.” And while he admitted Caruso’s voice was “magnificent,” he thought him lazy and unwilling to learn. Nonetheless, when the composer’s La Fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Met in 1910, Caruso was the lead tenor. Farrar, though, was not invited to sing Minnie.

The year following Madama Butterfly’s Met premiere, the opera was revived with the same lead singers, but this time with maestro Arturo Toscanini (pictured above, with Farrar and General Manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza). He, too, took issue with Farrar. At a rehearsal, she told him he should follow her lead, as she was the star. Toscanini’s famous response was: “The stars are all in the heavens, mademoiselle. You are but a plain artist, and you must obey my direction.” An explosion ensued, but Toscanini won out. As time went on, their antagonism turned into something quite different, most likely a torrid love affair that may have been a chief factor in Toscanini’s quitting the Met in 1915.

From 1908 onward, it was a rare Met season in which Madama Butterfly did not appear. The exception, predictably, was during World War II. The 1941 season opened on November 24, and five nights later, Madama Butterfly was given. Then, on December 7, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing many Americans and bringing the nation into the war. Madama Butterfly was not offered again at the Met until 1946.

The Met’s leading Butterfly in the 1940s and 50s was Italian soprano Licia Albanese (pictured above), whose 72 appearances as the betrayed geisha were second only to Farrar’s (139) in frequency. Other notable sopranos who have interpreted the part at the Met include Victoria de los Angeles (pictured below), Dorothy Kirsten, Catherine Malfitano, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Rethberg, Renata Scotto, Antonietta Stella, and Renata Tebaldi.

Given the popularity of Madama Butterfly—to date, there have been 881 Met performances—it is surprising how few new productions there have been. Following the premiere production, a new production in 1922 lasted in the repertory until 1958! That year, the Japanese team of Yoshio Aoyama, director, and Motohiro Nagasaka, designer, created a widely admired production that played for an equally long time, until 1994. Giancarlo Del Monaco’s 1994 production was succeeded by that of Anthony Minghella, which was chosen as the opening night of General Manager Peter Gelb’s first season in 2006.

Peter Clark is the Met’s Director of Archives.

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More info on Madame Butterfly

Composer:

Giacomo Antonio Puccini

Librettist:

Giuseppe Giacosa, and Luigi Illica

Premiere:

17 February 1904, Milan (La Scala)

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Madame Butterfly Synopsis

Libretto:

Madame Butterfly Libretto

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About the opera Madame Butterfly

Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Puccini based his opera in part on the short story 'Madame Butterfly' (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Puccini also based it on the novel Madame Chrysanthème (1887) by Pierre Loti. According to one scholar, the opera was based on events that actually occurred in Nagasaki in the early 1890s.
The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904, at La Scala in Milan. It was very poorly received despite the presence of such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in the lead roles. This was due in large part to the late completion and inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act into two acts and making other changes. On May 28, 1904, this version was performed in Brescia and was a huge success.
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Roles in Madame Butterfly

Cio-Cio San Soprano
Suzuki Mezzo-Soprano
B. F. Pinkerton Tenor
Sharpless Baritone
Goro Tenor
Prince Yamadori Tenor
The Bonze Bass
Yakuside Bass

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External links for Madame Butterfly

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1OverturePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
2E soffito e paretiPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-1 Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
3Questa e la camerieraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-2 Type: Voice: T T Mz S BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Goro/Pinkerton/Suzuki/Cio-Cio/Sharpless
4Dovunque al mondo lo YankeePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Sharpless/Goro
5Amore o grilloPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04-1 Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Sharpless
6Quale smania vi prendePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04-2 Type: Voice: T BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Sharpless
7Quanto cielo quanto marPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-1 Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
8Ancora un passo or viaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-2 Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: ItalianRoles: Goro
9Ecco son giunte al sommaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-3 Type: quartet,choirVoice: T S Br TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Goro/Cio-Cio/Sharpless/Pinkerton
10Gran ventura riverenzaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
11L'imperial commissarioPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07Type: Voice: T B Br SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Goro/Commissioner/Sharpless/Cio-Cio
12Vieni amor mioPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08Type: Voice: T S TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio/Goro
13Ieri son salita tutta solaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-1 Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
14Tutti zitti!Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-2 Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:
15Cio Cio SanPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-4 Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:
16Bimba bimba non piangerePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-5 Type: Voice: T SLanguage: ItalianRoles:
17Ed eccoci in famigliaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.10Type: Voice: T B SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/The Bonze/Cio-Cio
18Viene la seraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
19Quest obi pomposaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-1Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
20Bimba dagli occhi pieni di maliaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-2Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
21Stolta pauraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-1Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
22Vogliatemi benePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-2Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio

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23Dolce notte! Quante stellePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-3Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
24Sai cos'ebbe cuorePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
25Cora a bocca chiusaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
26E izaghi ed izanami sarundascioPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01Type: Voice: Mz SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Suzuki/Cio-Cio
27Un bel di vedremoPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
28Chiamera Butterfly dalla lontanaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02-2Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
29Ce entratePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03-1 Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: ItalianRoles: Sharpless
30Yamadori ancor le penePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03-2 Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:
31Non lo sapete insommaPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Sharpless
32A voi pero.il messagio ho gran pauraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05Type: Voice: Br S TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Sharpless/Cio-Cio/Yamadori
33Ora a noi sedete quiPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.06Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Sharpless/Cio-Cio
34E questo e questo?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Sharpless/Cio-Cio
35Che tua madre dovra prendertiPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-1 Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
36Due cose potrei farPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2 Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:

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37Ah! m'ha scordata?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-3 Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:
38Io scendo al pianoPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.09Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Sharpless
39Vespa rospo maledetto!Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-1 Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Goro/Suzuki/Cio-Cio
40Il cannone del portoPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2 Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
41Tutti i fior?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2 Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
42Vedrai piccolo amorPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-3 Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
43Una nave da guerraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11Type: Voice: S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles:
44Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegioPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
45Or vieni ad adornarPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio

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46Intermezzo 2Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
47Tu tu piccolo iddioPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
48Chi sara chi sara?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio
49Suzuki Suzuki!Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3Type: Voice: Language: ItalianRoles:

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50Intermezzo 3Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.01Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
51Oh eh! oh eh!Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02-1 Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: ItalianRoles:
52Gia il sole Cio Cio San!Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02-2 Type: Voice: Mz SLanguage: ItalianRoles: Suzuki/Cio-Cio
53Povera Butterfly chi sia?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03Type: Voice: Mz T BrLanguage: ItalianRoles: Suzuki/Pinkerton/Sharpless

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54Io so che alle sue penePopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04Type: trioVoice: Br Mz TLanguage: ItalianRoles: Sharpless/Suzuki/Pinkerton
55Addio fiorito asilPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: ItalianRoles: Pinkerton
56Glielo dirai promettoPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06Type: Voice: Mz S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Kate/Cio-Cio/Suzuki
57Quella donna che vuol da me?Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton/Kate
58Come una mosca prigionieraPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: ItalianRoles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
59Con onor muore chi non puo serbarPopularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09Type: ariaVoice: silentLanguage: ItalianRoles: Dolore
60Spira sul mare (Entrata di Butterfly)Popularity: Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: ItalianRoles: