Madama Butterfly (complete standard version)

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Annotation

references:
http://opera.stanford.edu/Puccini/Butterfly/libretto.html (the five libretto versions) including the standard version.
http://opera.stanford.edu/Puccini/Butterfly/main.html (first performance: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 17 February 1904)
http://jdspc.com/madama_butterfly_libretto_cast.html (italian libretto side-by-side with english translation by R. H. Elkin)

originally written as an opera in two acts, Puccini revised it, splitting the second act into two and making other changes. the standard version (completed in 1907):
(arranged in sequence, but numbering system is arbitrary and does not necessarily correspond to scenes; overlaps between arias is possible)

Act I
1. Introduction - orchestral prelude with a fugal opening theme followed by a second theme leading into the opening scene.
2. "E soffitto... e pareti..." ("And the ceiling and walls…")
2a. "Sorride Vostro Onore?" ("Your Honour deigns to smile?")
3. "Dovunque al mondo" ("Throughout the world")
3a. "Ed è bella la sposa?" ("Is the bride very pretty?")
4. "Amore o grillo" ("Love or fancy")
4a. "Ecco! Son giunte al sommo del pendìo." ("See them! they've mounted the summit of the hill!")
5. "Ancora un passo" ("One step more")
6. "Gran ventura" ("May good fortune attend you")
7. "L'Imperial Commissario" ("The Imperial Commissioner")
8. "Vieni, amor mio!" ("Come, my love!")
9. "Ieri son salita tutta sola" ("Yesterday, I went all alone")
10. "Tutti zitti!" ("Quiet everyone")
11. "Madama Butterfly" ("Madam Butterfly")
11a. "O Kami! O Kami!"
12. "Cio-Cio-San!" ("Cio-Cio San")
13. "Bimba, bimba, non piangere" ("Sweetheart, sweetheart, do not weep")
13a. "Viene la sera" ("Evening is falling")
14. "Bimba dagli occhi" ("Sweetheart, with eyes...")
15. "Vogliatemi bene" ("Love me, please.")

Act II
16. "E Izaghi ed Izanami" ("And Izanagi and Izanami")
17. "Un bel dì, vedremo" ("One fine day, we'll see")
18. "C'è. Entrate." ("She’s there. Go in.")
19. "Yamadori, ancor le pene" ("Yamadori, are you not yet…")
20. "Ora a noi." ("Now for us.")
21. "Due cose potrei far" ("Two things I could do")
22. "Ah! M'ha scordata?" ("Ah! He has forgotten me?")
22a. "E questo?… e questo?" ("Look here, then! Look here, then!")
23. "Io scendo al piano." ("I will go now.")
23a. "Vespa! Rospo maledetto!" ("Scoundrel! Rascal! Wretched coward!")
23b. "Vedrai, piccolo amor, mia pena e mio conforto" ("You'll see, love of my heart, My grief, and yet my comfort")
24. "Il cannone del porto!" ("The cannon at the harbor!", often known as The Flower Duet)
24a. "Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio" ("Shake that cherry tree")
25. "Tutti i fior?" ("All the flowers?")
26. "Or vienmi ad adornar" ("Now come to adorn me")
27. Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)

Act III (originally Act II, Part 2)
28. "Oh eh! Oh eh!" ("Heave-ho! Heave-ho!")
29. "Già il sole!" ("The Sun's come up!")
29a. "Chi sia?" ("Who is it?")
30. "Io so che alle sue pene" ("I know that her pain")
30a. "Non ve l'avevo detto?" ("Did I not tell you?")
31. "Addio, fiorito asil" ("Farewell, flowery refuge")
31a. "Glielo dirai?" ("You going to tell her?")
32. "Suzuki! Suzuki!" ("Suzuki! Suzuki!")
32a. "Vespa! Voglio che tu risponda" ("Wasp! I want you to answer")
33. "Come una mosca" ("Like a little fly")
34. "Con onor muore" ("To die with honor")
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Annotation last modified on 2016-10-31 11:08 UTC.

Relationships

composer:Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer)
librettist:Giuseppe Giacosa
Luigi Illica (in 1904)
other databases:https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb13917243v [info]
https://d-nb.info/gnd/300122268 [info]
download score for free:imslp: Madama Butterfly, SC 74 (Puccini, Giacomo) [info]
VIAF ID:VIAF: 16146332828918730156 [info]
Wikidata:Q19005 [info]
parts:1. Madama Butterfly: Atto I (act)
2. Madama Butterfly: Atto II (act)
3. Madama Butterfly: Atto III (act)
is the basis for:Madame Butterfly: Grande fantaisie (arr. Émile Tavan)
Portrait of Madame Butterfly

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1988Madama Butterfly: Introduction Sharpless' aria and Entrance of Butterfly (arrangement for ondes martenot and orchestra)instrumental and partialCynthia Millar, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner5:04
Butterfly’s Introduction from “Madam Butterfly”partialJulia Winer-Chenisheva, Bulgarian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Ivan Marinov3:04
Madama Butterflylive and partialRaina Kabaivanska4:57
Madama Butterfly: Butterfly aaria (1951 Estonian cast, apparently)partialKlaudia Tiidus, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, Kirill Raudsepp4:10
Madama Butterfly: Butterfly aariapartialElsa Maasik, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, Sergei Prohhorov4:25
Madama Butterfly: Dúo (Victoria de Los Ángeles)partialVictoria de los Ángeles0:43
Madama Butterfly: Love DuetpartialNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt3:23
Madama Butterfly: Pinkertoni aariapartialIvo Kuusk, Väino Puura, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, Jüri Alperten1:33
Madame ButerflypartialJanko Blaho, Mária Kišonová-Hubová, Orchester Opery SND, Zdeněk Chalabala?:??
Madame ButterflypartialGiacomo Puccini4:02
Madame Butterflypartial[unknown]1:40
Madame Butterflylive and partialSan Francisco Opera Orchestra13:19