Madama Butterfly

Romantic opera from 1903

Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giuseppe Giacosa
Librettist
Luigi Illica
Librettist

Description

Madama Butterfly (IPA: [maˈdaːma ˈbatterflai]; Madame 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, which in turn was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. 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 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 28 May 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.

Year 1903
Opening Night 1904
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra

Scores

Madame Butterfly
G. Ricordi & Cie. (Milan) cop. 1906
Puccini, et al.
One Fine Day
Chester Music 1903
Long, et al.

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Albums

The Yellow Guide To Classical Music
Deutsche Grammophon
Karajan Adagio - Music To Free Your Mind
Deutsche Grammophon
Puccini Passions: Hope and Loss
Chandos
Madam Butterfly
Chandos
Highlights from Prima Voce
Nimbus
Franco Corelli: Verismo Arias
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Las Voces del Siglo XX Vol. 3
Pattaya
Jose Carreras: The Voice Volume 1
Vanilla OMP
Famous Opera Choruses
Arts Productions Ltd.
Rosa Ponselle - Favourite Arias
Synergie OMP
Favourite Arias - Richard Tauber
Synergie OMP
Mario Lanza: Because You're Mine
Vanilla OMP
E lucevan le stelle
Platinum Deluxe Butterfly
Love Songs for Valentines Day
Arts Productions Ltd.
Music for the Moment: Mother's Day
Arts Productions Ltd.
Natalie Choquette: La Diva
Isba Music Entertainment
Peter Anders, Jr.: Dramatische Tenor - Arien
Gebhardt Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
A Buenos Aires
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Music for the Moment: Opera Arias
Arts Productions Ltd.
Divas' Revenge: Opera & Broadway Our Way
Golden Gate Performing Arts, Inc.
Recital
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.