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Madama Butterfly Puccini

In his quest to present Puccini’s operas in their original forms, Riccardo Chailly resuscitated the two-act version of Madama Butterfly, which received its disastrous world premiere at La Scala in 1904. Puccini reworked the opera four times before he settled upon the familiar three-act version from 1907 that we tend to see today. So is this return to the composer’s first intentions really worthwhile?



World Premiere

Music ***

Staging ***

Italy’s famed opera house tried to erase the bitter taste of Madama Butterfly’s failed world premiere 112 years ago by creating an idealised vision of Japan: sumptuous costumes, Kabuki theatre’s dazzling stylised movements, projected prints by Hiroshige and Utamaro of early 1900s Japan and an outstanding cast. The gorgeous spectacle garnered 13 minutes of applause from the celebrity-filled firstnight audience that launched La Scala’s new season; but it couldn’t obscure the weaknesses in Puccini’s original version.

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