Dover Publications Madama Butterfly in Full Score
With his librettists Illica and Giacosa, Puccini began work on Madama Butterfly in 1902. The opera received its first production at La Scala in Milan in 1904, but it was not until the following year that its golden future would become apparent. A Covent Garden production featuring two of the greatest singers of the day in the leading roles — Emmy Destinn as Butterfly and Enrico Caruso as Pinkerton — brought London to its feet. When, a year later, it was produced with equal success at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Madama Butterfly began its long reign as one of the greatest favorites of the operatic repertoire.
This finely made full-score edition of Madama Butterfly is reprinted from the authoritative edition originally published by G. Ricordi, Milan. With it, students and lovers of opera can study intimately a masterpiece of the genre, widely admired for its melodic richness and glorious orchestral scoring.