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On this day

”Art is a kind of illness.”

OnFebruary 24, 1904, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly debuted at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. Puccini, one of the greatest composers of Italian opera, wrote Madame Butterfly for more than two years since he was held back by a car accident, which restrained him from composing for eight months. The premiere of his new opera was a fiasco, the audience responded badly, shouting boo. Puccini revised his opera that saw its ”second premiere” four months later at the Teatro Grande in Brescia. This time, Madame Butterfly received a rapturous applause.

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