21/5 Madama Butterfly, a Grand Opera Illuminating a Japanese Tragedy

The opera Madama Butterfly portrays the tragic story of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) a geisha who fell in love with an America naval officer. The opera will return to Barcelona 20-29 of July in the Gran Teatro de Liceu.

Madama Butterfly premiered on the 17 of February 1904 in Milan, Italy composed by Giacomo Puccini and written by librettists Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. The opera is based upon a book written by David Belasco and takes place in Nagasaki, Japan in the nineteenth century. This grand spectacle consisting of three acts is considered one of Puccini’s masterpieces.

The opera tells the story of the young geisha Cio-Cio San, otherwise known as Madama Butterfly, who blindly and wholeheartedly fell in love with an American naval officer, B.F. Pinkerton, who was stationed in Nagasaki for a short time. They got married, but the matrimony meant nothing to Pinkerton because he knew the Japanese laws were lax. The exotic geisha was only an object of infatuation for Pinkerton and he returned to the United States and married an American woman. Madama Butterfly, who was madly in love and believed that Pinkerton would return for her, desperately waited. One day Madama Butterfly herd news that Pinkerton would come to Nagasaki, but everything had changed. Pinkerton had returned with his new wife, and he came only to take Dolore, his son, back to the United States. Heartbroken and anguished, the fragile Madama Butterfly committed suicide, thus bringing an end to the tragedy.

This famous opera has been enjoyed by the masses for years, and is something that cannot be missed. Go and enjoy the show in the beautiful Gran Teatro de Liceu located at the end of Las Ramblas near the Liceu metro stop (green Line), you wont regret it!