“Family, fortune, and honor — the geisha Cio-Cio San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his 'bride.' But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure. Puccini's Madama Butterfly features some of opera's most famous music, including Cio-Cio San's heartbreaking 'Un bel di' and the beautiful 'Humming Chorus.'” (Chicago Lyric Opera)
The Madama Butterfly opera was composed by Giacomo Puccini using an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It was based on a short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) written by J. L. Long, which was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll, and partially on the 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. Ars Nova will perform the full-length hugely-successful three-act production of Madama Butterfly that was performed in 1908 in Brescia, Italy.
Synopsis: the Madama Butterfly story opens in Japan, in the early 20th century. Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton of the U. S. Navy inspects a house overlooking Nagasaki harbor that he is leasing from Goro, a marriage broker. The house comes with three servants and a geisha wife named Cio-Cio-San, known as Madame Butterfly. Pinkerton is not sure whether his feelings for the young girl are love or a whim, but he intends to go through with the marriage ceremony. Sharpless warns him that the girl may view the marriage differently, but Pinkerton brushes off such concerns and says someday he will take a real, American wife. Pinkerton leaves Japan and Cio-Cio-San gives birth to their son and awaits faithfully for his return for three years. Pinkerton returns to Japan with his new American wife and convinces Cio-Cio-San to give up her child to him and his American wife. Dismissing everyone, Butterfly takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide, choosing to die with honor rather than live in shame. She is interrupted momentarily when the child comes in, but Butterfly says goodbye to him and blindfolds him. She stabs herself as Pinkerton calls her name.
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