Madama Butterfly presented by Miami Lyric Opera
June 23 @ 8:00pm, June 24 @ 4:00pm
Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 374-2444
Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Puccini based his opera in part on the short story â€œMadame Butterflyâ€ (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Puccini also based it on the novel Madame ChrysanthÃ¨me (1887) by Pierre Loti. According to one scholar, the opera was based on events that actually occurred in Nagasaki in the early 1890s.
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.
Between 1915 and 1920, Japanâ€™s best-known opera singer Tamaki Miura won international fame for her performances as Cio-Cio San. Her statue, along with that of Puccini, can be found in the Glover Garden in Nagasaki, the city where the opera is set.
Butterfly is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire for companies around the world and it ranks as Number 8 in the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa