La Scala in Milan, today in 1904, saw the grand opening of Madame Butterfly. And it did not go well.
Despite an all-star cast and Giacomo Puccini as the composer, there hadn't been enough time to rehearse and the heart-wrenching opera was a flop. However Puccini made some modifications, including chopping the second act in half to create a three-act production, and re-unveiled his master piece on May 28, in Brescia where it was a huge success. We're toasting Puccini's genius with an aptly named Opera.
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