To celebrate the centenary of Madama Butterlfly and the opening of the 50th Puccini Festival at the Torre del Lago open-air theatre in Italy, two highly orginal performances of this popular opera were staged under the baton of Placido Domingo. Since the Japan represented by Puccini was the fruit of his imagination (he never actually visited the country), it was decided to create a version set in a contemporary dream-like world inhabited by insects, with set design by sculptor Arnaldo ...
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