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Madame Butterfly

an opera (1904) by Giacomo Puccini.
Also, Madama Butterfly
[muh-dam-uh, ‐dah-muh] /məˈdæm ə, ‐ˈdɑ mə/ (Show IPA),
Madam Butterfly. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Where Madame Butterfly hears that Pinkerton's ship has been sighted.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • However, "Madame Butterfly" and "Bohme" were never given to my knowledge.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
  • "Madame Butterfly" was a triumph for us all, and for me in particular.

    Geraldine Farrar Geraldine Farrar
  • The real bright spot in the season was the first production of "Madame Butterfly" on the 11th of February, 1907.

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  • I remember hearing him at the first performance of "Madame Butterfly," and he hurt us.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • And that piece from "Madame Butterfly" she gave just brought 'em right up on their toes.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • The impossible, absurd, exquisite music-play of "Madame Butterfly" had begun.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Madame Butterfly in Culture

Madame Butterfly definition

An opera by Giacomo Puccini. The title character, a Japanese woman, is betrothed to an American naval officer stationed in Japan. He leaves for the United States, promising to return, but comes back three years later married to an American woman. Butterfly, disgraced, stabs herself; the officer begs her forgiveness, and she dies in his arms.

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