Madama Butterfly

Synopsis: A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage.
Genre: Drama, Music
146 min

"Madam Butterfly"

Japanese Tragedy

Giuseppe Giacosa

Luigi Illica

Music by:

Giacomo Puccini


Mirella Freni

B. F. Pinkerton

Placido Domingo


Christa Ludwig


Robert Kerns


Michel Senechal

Prince Yamadori

Giorgio Stendoro

The Bonze

Marus Rintzler

Conducted by:

Herbert Von Karajan


Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


Act I


Atto I-1- E soffitto, e pareti

The ceiling and walls...

come and go just as you wish

Giving a different look

to the same place

different views to the usual ones.

Where's the wedding nest?


or there...depending...

It has false ends,, too!

And the living room?



One side glides...

I understand!

I understand!

Another one.....

slips along

It's a house of cards

Solid as a tower,

from floor to ceiling.

It would fold in the breeze.

This is the maid

who has already


served your bride

The cook

The manservant.

They are embarrassed

by the great honour.

Their names?

"Miss delicate Cloud."

"Ray of rising sun."

"Breath of scent."

2- Sorride Vostro Onore

Is your honor smiling?

a smile loosens the knot of worries

Wise Ocunama said:

"A smile breaks through

a web of trouble.

It opens the shell for the pearl,

to man it opens the gates

of Paradise.

Perfume of the gods...

fountain of life... "

The wise Ocunama has said:

"A smile breaks through a web of troubles."

Her chatter sounds

like all women

all over the world

What are you looking for?

To see if the bride's coming yet.

Is everything ready?


You're a gem of a marriage broker

The Registrar,

the relations,


your console ...

the bride

You'll sign the documents here,

and marriage is done.

Are there many relatives?

The bride's mother

and grandmother,

her uncle the Bonze

who won't honour us

with his presence,

And cousins, old folks,

Let's say, with their families

and contemporaries,

about two dozen.

As for descendants

that depends

on your honor...

and the pretty Butterfly

Jewel of a marriage broker

puff and stumble!

puff and stumble!

The Consul's coming up.

Those stones

have worn me out




Quick, Goro,

some refreshment

It's high up, here!

But, it's beautiful!


the sea,

the port ...

And a little house

that works by magic.

Is it yours?

I've bought it for 999 years,

with the right,

each month, to cancel the agreement.

In this country.

houses and contracts

are flexible.

the clever man makes the most of it.


3-Dovunque al mondo

Emperor Meiji prolongs USA Commercial Rights

All over the world,

the traveling American

does business...

He laughs at risks

He drops anchor

where he chooses

Milk punch or whisky?

He drops anchor

where he chooses

until a squall upsets

his ship,,

its moorings

and rigging

Life only satisfies him

Life is not worth living...

if he dos'nt gets the best

out of everywhere he goes

It's an easy gospel

the love of every pretty girl.

It's an easy gospel

It makes life pleasant,

but it leaves the heart cold.

Unruffled by defeat,

he grabs fortune by the neck

His talent

works everywhere

So I'm having a Japanese-style

marriage, for 999 years

Free to break the contract

every month

It's an easy gospel

Atto I-4-"America for ever!"

"America for ever!"

"America for ever!"

Is your bride very pretty?

A garland of fresh flowers

A star with

rays of gold

And cheap:

only 100 yen

If your honor


I have a good selection.

Go and fetch her, Goro.

What's got into you?

Are you really infatuated?

I don't know!

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Giuseppe Giacosa

Giuseppe Giacosa (21 October 1847 – 1 September 1906) was an Italian poet, playwright and librettist. more…

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