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Opera Idaho Revives Madama Butterfly


A resurrection will take place in Boise at the Egyptian Theatre when Opera Idaho brings the 107-year-old opera Madama Butterfly back to life.

The story was written for the stage by American playwright and Broadway producer David Belasco as a short play. It was not well received at its premiere, however, composer Giacomo Puccini saw the play and was inspired by the story of an American officer, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio San. The two have a child, but the officer abandons her for another woman, only to return years later in an attempt to take their child back.

Over the next four years, Puccini spent tedious hours setting Madama Butterfly to music, and his production premiered in Milan in 1904. Now, more than 100 years later, Puccini's Madama Butterfly will be performed at the Egyptian Theatre, with soprano Eleni Calenos as Cio-Cio San and Christopher Bengochea as B.F. Pinkerton.

Previews will be led by Executive Director Mark Junkert one hour before all performances, whetting your appetite for some good opera.