Discovering Opera - Madame Butterfly26 February 2011 by Cristina
Puccini's Madam Butterfly.
Set in Japan, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.
An American naval officer marries a 15 year-old Japanese girl for sex, then returns three years later with another wife, where upon the teenager is coerced into giving up their child and commits suicide.
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