Opera Project: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly (1904)

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composed by Giacomo Puccini (1856-1924)

  • based on a stage version by D. Belasco of a magazine story entitled Madam Butterfly
  • by the American author John Luther Long.
  • adapted as a libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
  • music by Giacomo Puccini
  • the (important!) publisher was Giulio Ricordi
  • first performed (La Scala, Milan) Feb 17, 1904; revised version first performed (Brescia) May 28, 1904