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"Madama Butterfly" Geisha Top

Item# 10063548


"Madama Butterfly" Geisha Top

Unique and colorful, this ¾ length sleeve, scoop neck, women’s T-Shirt Is hand–silkscreened on the front, back and sleeves with a dramatic image of a Geisha holding a Japanese fan set against a background of sunny yellow with accents of vivid red.

A wonderful piece of wearable art, made of 35% cotton and 65% polyester, it is a standout piece reflective of the costumes and sets seen in the Met’s production of Madama Butterfly.

  • Silk-screened by hand
  • 35% cotton and 65% polyester
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • Available in women’s sizes S, M, L, XL

Madama Butterfly
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha, who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless. World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1904. Met premiere: February 11, 1907.

Composer
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

Setting
The opera takes place in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki at the turn of the last century, at a time of expanding American international presence.

Met History
In 1907, Giacomo Puccini came to the United States for the first time for the Met premiere of Madama Butterfly. Geraldine Farrar sang the title role, and her 139 appearances in this opera remain a Met record.


 

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