Rosina Storchio - World Premiere - Madama Butterfly

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The 17 Feb 1904 world premiere of Madama Butterfly was presented at la Scala with Rosina Storchio in the title role. It was not received well so Puccini withdrew it and went through several rewrites before settling on the three-act version we are familiar with today. The three-act version was presented in Brescia, Italy with the Russian soprano, Solomiya Krushelnytska, in the title role. Storchio, accompanied by Toscanini, was already in Buenos Aires fulfilling singing obligations, including the Argentinean premiere of the revised Butterfly on 7 Jul 1904, which was a great success. All of the postcards on this page were produced for two-act world premiere with Rosina Storchio. The cards in this group include a short selection from the score and an accompanying libretto excerpt. They were published by G. Ricordi and Company in Milan. The photography was done by Varischi, Artico and Company. These postcards should rightly command a high price. Libretto selection on each postcard: Gettiamo a mani piene mammole e tuberose Chepersone moleste! mi metto la sul ciglio del colle e aspetto ogni farfalla da uno sillo e trafitta Adesso voi siete per me l'occhio del firmamento F.B. Pinkerton. Giu. Andate adesso. (first version of libretto) Cosa sacra e mia! Vostra Grazia permette? [Butterfly kills herself]