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At The Opera, Puccini's Madame Butterfly, June 24, 2017


Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

It is based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long and Long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as the one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, which, after premiering in New York in 1900, moved to London, where Puccini saw it in the summer of that year.

The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on 17 February 17, 1904 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It was poorly received, despite such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in lead roles; this was due in part to a late completion by Puccini, and thus inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting Act II into two (with the Humming Chorus as a bridge to what became Act III) and making other changes. Success ensued, starting with the first performance on May 28, 1904 in Brescia.

Madama Butterfly is a staple of the operatic repertoire around the world, ranked 6th by Operabase; Puccini's La bohème and Tosca rank 3rd and 5th.


Butterfly – Eleanor Steber

Pinkerton – Richard Tucker

Sharpless – Giuseppe Valdengo

Suzuki – Jean Madeira

The Metroplitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Max Rudolf – condcutor

Columbia Masterworks - 1949


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Puccini: Madame Butterfly BUY Metropolitan Opera; Max Rudolf, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:48 p.m.
Richard Wagner: TannhΣuser, opera Act 2. Dich, teure Halle, grⁿ▀ ich wieder (Elisabeth's Greeting) BUY from Wagner: Opera Arias and Duets; composed by Richard Wagner
10:58 p.m.
Wagner: Trista und Isolde Liebestod BUY ; Karl Bohme, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:04 p.m.
Richard Wagner: Der fliegende HollΣnder (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act 2. Wie aus der Ferne BUY from Wagner: Opera Arias and Duets; composed by Richard Wagner
11:20 p.m.
Richard Wagner: Die Walkⁿre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Scene 3. War es so schmΣhlich BUY Philharmonic Orchestra; Leopold Ludwig, conductor

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