Madama Butterfly

The opera Madama Butterfly was composed by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Madama Butterfly by David Belasco. It was first performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy) on 1904-02-17 and published by Ricordi. The opera is set in Nagasaki.

Dramatis Personae:

  • The Bonze, Cio-Cio-san's uncle (Bass)
  • Cio-cio-san, A geisha, known as Madame Butterfly (Soprano)
  • Goro, Marriage broker (Tenor)
  • Il commissario (Bass)
  • Kate Pinkerton, Pinkerton's American wife (Mezzosoprano)
  • La cugina (Soprano)
  • La madre (Mezzosoprano)
  • La zia (Soprano)
  • B. F. Pinkerton, Lieutenant in the United States Army (Tenor)
  • Prince Yamadori, Rich Japanese (Baritone)
  • Sharpless, U.S. consul at Nagasaki (Baritone)
  • Suzuki, Servant (Mezzosoprano)
  • Yakuside (Bass)
Recordings: 423 567-2

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