Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Puccini based his opera in part on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Puccini also based it on the novel Madame Chrysanthème (1887) by Pierre Loti.
The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904, at "La Scala" Theatre in Milan. It was very poorly received despite the presence of such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in the lead roles. This was due in large part to the late completion and inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act into two acts and making other changes. On May 28, 1904, this version was performed at "Teatro Grande" in Brescia and was a huge success. Between 1915 and 1920, Japan's best-known opera singer Tamaki Miura won international fame for her performances as Cio-Cio San. Her statue, along with that of Puccini, can be found in the Glover Garden in Nagasaki, the city where the opera is set.
In this exclusive App there is the live performance of the Opera performed by Andrea Bocelli, Carla Maria Izzo, Mariella Guarnera, Marzio Giossi, Antonio de Angelis, Antonio Taschini directed by Alberto Veronesi.
The App contains the complete Video of the Live Performance held at the Grimaldi Forum in presence of her Royal Highness Caroline Princess of Hannover, the original Libretto of the Opera along with the complete Audio and the exclusive "Sync" function that provides automatic sync between the Audio and the Music, without loosing any word. The App contains also an exclusive Photo Gallery and a complete History of the Opera.