Madama Butterfly - An Opera That Got it Right the Second Time Around
The esteemed 'Madama Butterfly' opera presents audiences the world over with a tragic tale as gripping as it is musically enthralling, but it wasn't an immediate success.
Giacomo Puccini, the performance's creator, adapted the story from a short story by John Luther Long of the same name. Before Puccini went about transforming it into an opera, it had already been made into a play.
Inspired by the play, Giacomo formed the operatic adaptation for initial release in February of 1904. Unfortunately, everyone hated it and the performance was a total flop.
Undaunted by the production's initial reception, Puccini put pen to paper in repurposing it for a second show later, in May.
This time around, the performance - arranged in 3 acts as opposed to its original 2 - was met with riotous approval. Giacomo had gotten it right!
Since then, Madama Butterfly has been rewritten multiple times and performed in all of its incarnations to rather splendorous, enduring success.
The tale this opera tells is as tragic as they come and gripping to the very end.
Love gone awry, promises unkept and a child born of two worlds are but a few points of the production's powerful plot.
If you're up for witnessing something of the sort, do give the video below a go.
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