BEFORE THE PREMIERE
Premiere - 22 and 23 June 2013, 7pm
The first opening of Madama Butterfly in La Scala, Milan, on the 17th of February 1904 was not a successful one. However, the second premiere, which was held on the 28th of May that same year in Brescia, was very well received by the audience. Since then it has triumphed on numerous stages all over the world. The opera was first presented in Warsaw in 1908. The music score was inspired by the Orient, but Puccini combined the Japanese style with his own to create a truly unique and original score. Cio-Cio-San's arias are particularly interesting, since the highest soprano note ever used by Puccini, high D, appears there. The opera is very dynamic, but it also has many lyrical fragments. The tragedy develops gradually here. The piece shows a story of a woman who is an outcast among her people because of a feeling, which robs her of her identity.