Performance date: April 26, 1989
Date composed: 1903
One of the dozen or so most popular operas in the repertory, Madama Butterfly, premiered in Milan in 1904, is the tragic tale of a gentle Japanese girl who loved not wisely but too well, while her heartless American husband is one of opera’s most despicable scoundrels. A Japanese setting, ravishing melodies, finely-drawn characters and a credible storyline all contribute to making Madama Butterfly a masterpiece of the highest order.
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