Opera Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Puccini’s 1904 drama Madama Butterfly, based on the play “Madame Butterfly” by David Belasco.  Set in Nagasaki, Japan, in the early years of the twentieth century, it’s the story of the young, trusting Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San and her fateful love for the American naval lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton.  You can hear the LA Opera’s performance of Madama Butterfly Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.


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