MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The libretto of the opera is based in part on the short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904, at La Scala in Milan. It was very poorly received despite the presence of such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in the lead roles. This was due in large part to the late completion and inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act into two acts and making other changes. On May 28, 1904, this version was performed in Brescia and was a huge success.

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    Adami-Corradetti, Iris as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1903-1998)
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    Audouin, Eric as Pinkerton
    French tenor (1882-1970)
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    Balhant, Marian as Madama Butterfly
    Belgian soprano (1931-2013)
  • bellin-aline-as-madama-butterfly
    Bellin, Aline as Madama Butterfly
    Belgian soprano (1911-2004)
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    Bosetti, Hermine as Madama Butterfly
    Austrian soprano (1875-1936)
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    Conley, Eugene as Pinkerton
    American tenor (1908-1981)
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    Craft, Marcella as Madama Butterfly
    American soprano (1874-1959)
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    Derval, Marie-Louise as Madama Butterfly
    Belgian soprano (1911-1997)
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    Destinn, Emmy as Madama Butterfly
    Czech soprano (1878-1930)
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    Dua, Octave as Goro
    Belgian tenor (1882-1952)
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    Easton, Florence as Madama Butterfly
    British soprano (1882-1955)
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    Elliott, Victoria as Madama Butterfly
    English soprano (1923-1986)
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    Farrar, Geraldine as Madama Butterfly
    American soprano (1882-1967)
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    Farrère, Madeleine as Madama Butterfly
    Belgian soprano (1901-1984)
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    Filippeschi, Mario as Pinkerton
    Italian tenor (1907-1979)
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    Forst, Grete as Madama Butterfly
    Austrian soprano (1878-1942)
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    Frazzoni, Gigliola as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1927)
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    Fuentes, Jovita as Madama Butterfly
    Philippin soprano (1895-1978)
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    Heldy, Fanny as Madama Butterfly
    Belgian soprano (1888-1973)
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    Jadlowker, Hermann as Pinkerton
    Lithuanian tenor (1877-1953)
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    Hyfte, Berthe van as Madama Butterfly
    Flemish soprano (1921)
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    Locufier, Karel as Pinkerton
    Flemish tenor (1904-1972)
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    Rethberg, Elisabeth as Madama Butterfly
    German soprano (1894-1976)
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    Albanese, Licia as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1909-2014)
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    Hirzel, Max as Pinkerton
    Swiss tenor (1888-1957)
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    Muzio, Claudia as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1889-1936)
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    Buckman, Rosina as Madama Butterfly
    New Zealand-born soprano (1880?-1948)
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    Storchio, Rosina as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1874-1945)
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    Roman, Stella as Madama Butterfly
    Romanian soprano (1904-1992)
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    Tebaldi, Renata as Madama Butterfly
    Italian soprano (1922-2004)
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    Campagnano, Vasco as Pinkerton
    Italian tenor (1909-1976)
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    Martini, Nino as Pinkerton
    Italian tenor (1902-1976)
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    Mason, Edith as Madama Butterfly
    American soprano (1892-1973)
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    McCormack, John as Pinkerton
    Irish tenor (1884-1945)
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    Miura, Tamaki as Madama Butterfly
    Japanese soprano (1884-1946)
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    Nardelli, Antonio as Pinkerton
    Italian tenor (1920-2005)
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    Nast, Minnie as Madama Butterfly
    German soprano (1874-1956)
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    Rogatchewsky, Joseph as Pinkerton
    Ukranian tenor (1891-1985)
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    Salden, Ida as Madama Butterfly
    German soprano (1878-?)
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    Tafuro, Franco as Pinkerton
    Italian tenor (1888-1943)
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    Talifert, Annette as Madama Butterfly
    French soprano (1900-?)
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    Tapales, Isang as Madama Butterfly
    Filipino soprano (1901-1987)
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    Tauber, Richard as Pinkerton
    Austrian tenor (1891-1948)
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    Terkal, Karl as Pinkerton
    Austrian tenor (1919-1996)
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    Wentworth, Estelle as Madama Butterfly
    American soprano (1857-1943)
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    Zeani, Virginia as Madama Butterfly
    Romanian soprano (1925)
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