At 115 ‘Madama Butterfly’ Is Still Lush

The cast of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City

The last of Puccini’s “Big Three” operas — including “La Boheme” and “Tosca”—“Madama Butterfly,” premiered in 1904, is musically the most complex and arguably the greatest.

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