Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1904
Genres
Drama
Settings
Spectacle
Time & Place
1904 nagasaki, japan
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
professional, low budget
Casting Notes:

Synopsis

This tragic tale revolves around the young Japanese geisha, Butterfly. She is to be married to Pinkerton, an American Officer on assignment in Nagasaki. Butterfly is young and naive, and fully believes her marriage to Pinkerton to be true and everlasting, while Pinkerton intends on marrying an American when he returns home. Butterfly waits for Pinkerton to return, having had a child by him that he does not know about. He returns, but with his new American wife, intending to take the child back to America. Rather than live in shame, Butterfly agrees to give up her child, but intends to kill herself out of honor. She kills herself to save the honor of her family, and for love.


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