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A Scene From "Madama Butterfly"

Item# 1000008853

This dazzling digital photograph by Ken Howard captures the opening scene of Anthony Minghella's strikingly beautiful production of Madama Butterfly, which opened the Met's 2006-07 season.   Giacomo Puccini wrote the opera after seeing a play by American writer and impresario David Belasco that told the tragic love story of a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer in the early 20th century.

  • 12.5" x 18.75" wide
  • Digital print on paper


Puccini’s original version of Madama Butterfly premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1904. The composer was inspired to write an opera about a tragic love between a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer after seeing David Belasco’s play by the same name performed in London in June 1900. Puccini’s score includes many Japanese folk melodies, and is one of his most sweeping and sophisticated. It remains one of the world’s most popular operas.

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