The Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts/Metropolitan Opera House, New York - Main Hall
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Experience opera like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Puccini at New York's remarkable Metropolitan Opera House.
Giacomo Puccini was an Italian opera composer of the late 19th century. He was considered one of the greatest composers of the Italian Opera, second only to Verdi. His early works were characterised by features of the traditional 19th century romantic Italian opera. Later, his style developed into the realistic verismo style, which inspired him to write his most famous masterpieces and became one of the leading exponents of the style. His most renowned works La bohème 1896, Tosca 1900, Madama Butterfly 1904, and Turandot 1924, all are popular operas played in the most prestigious venues of the classical world.
Puccini wrote his opera after seeing a performance of the one-act play 'Madame Butterfly' in 1900. The tragic story of the love between a Japanese girl and an American sailor became the passionate and evocative three-act opera that premiered at Milan’s La Scala Opera Theatre in 1904. Puccini researched Japanese music and the librettist even travelled to Japan to get a feeling for the culture.
Approximate duration (min.): 195
- Puccini, Giacomo Madama Butterfly, Japanese tragedy in three acts (1904)
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