One of the most colourful & exotic operas
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most colourful and exotic operas.
This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini and his librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa to write some of his most sublime and moving music.
Set in Japan at the turn of the century 19th/20th century, Madama Butterfly is among the most vibrant, and, ultimately, tragic of all operas. From its theme of noble self-sacrifice comes the most heart-rending melodies.Read more View Testimonials Schedule
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It is perhaps not surprising that it was Giacomo Puccini’s fate to be a great Italian opera composer as he was born in Tuscany into a dynasty of musical geniuses. His family played a major part in Puccini’s development and at a young age he had already impressed his teachers.
Puccini was quick to adopt his own style and method of working. He believed that God had commanded him to write ‘only for the theatre’, and one can see why. He had the knack of finding the perfect subject to suit his talents. A highly literate man, he worked in depth with his librettists and though he drove them to despair with his demands, he had sound dramatic instincts.Read more
Madama Butterfly – one of the most picturesque & exotic operas
In 1900 after seeing the David Belasco play in London Puccini became interested in John Luther Long’s original story of Madama Butterfly.
Long’s story was based on a real-life incident which took place around 1900, witnessed in Japan by his missionary sister, Sarah Jane (Jennie) Long Correll.
Puccini understood virtually nothing of the English text but, by the end of the performance, he was utterly captivated by the tragic female lead, Cio-Cio-San. He was immediately convinced that the piece would make a moving and powerful opera. However, although Puccini had decided on the subject, it was not until March 1901 that the rights were secured from the American playwright.Read more