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G. Puccini

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly

lifedate 1858-1924
significance of his opera? heroines had vivid musical portraits.
style supreme melodist, used rubato effect, arias begin high and lower throughout the piece
famous works manon lescaut, Tosca(operas)
verismo Italian for "realism", story line projects gritty realism usually ending violently
aria Italian for "air", solo song heard in opera, oratorio, or cantata,
play by david belasco
genre Italian verismo opera
librettists Giuseppe Giacosa, luigi illica
main characters cio-cio-san(soprano), Suzuki(mezzo Soprano), B.F. Pinkerton(Tenor), Sharpless(baritone)
act 1 pinkerton buys home, marries Japanese woman, until he marries a real American woman
act 2 scene 1 three years later, pinkerton still hasn't returned from America, sharpless is about to tell butterfly the news, decides not to. pinkerton arrives to shore but does not come home
act 2 scene 2 butterfly guesses what happened, receives news that pinkerton wants the child, she tells him to come and get him, and later kills herself with a knife after telling boy to go play
famous part un bel di, vedremo(butterfly defends her husband)
Created by: olaurie