History Theatre / MadameButterfly

1st Feb '16 11:22:57 AM FF32
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* FamousNamedForeigner: The American BenjaminFranklin [[PinkertonDetective Pinkerton]] (remember the opera was written in Italy).
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* FamousNamedForeigner: The American BenjaminFranklin Creator/BenjaminFranklin [[PinkertonDetective Pinkerton]] (remember the opera was written in Italy).
21st Dec '15 8:02:01 PM Adept
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''Madame Butterfly'' (''Madama Butterfly'' in Italian) is a three-act opera by GiacomoPuccini. Based on both the short story ''Madame Chrysanthème'' and ''Madame Butterfly'', it tells the story of Cio-Cio San (nicknamed Butterfly) in 1904, Nagasaki, Japan. Cio-Cio San, a soprano and beautiful 15 year old girl, is engaged to be married to a U.S. Naval Officer named Pinkerton. He admires her for her innocence and beauty, like a young delicate butterfly, and the fact that he can just as easily pluck her wings. He only wants to temporarily marry her until he finds an American bride, but lets the lovestruck Butterfly believe that the marriage is permanent. The wedding takes place, but Butterfly's uncle disapproves of the fact that she renounced her religion for her husband. Her family disowns her, but Pinkerton kicks out the relatives and comforts her.
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''Madame Butterfly'' (''Madama Butterfly'' in Italian) is a three-act opera by GiacomoPuccini.Music/GiacomoPuccini. Based on both the short story ''Madame Chrysanthème'' and ''Madame Butterfly'', it tells the story of Cio-Cio San (nicknamed Butterfly) in 1904, Nagasaki, Japan. Cio-Cio San, a soprano and beautiful 15 year old girl, is engaged to be married to a U.S. Naval Officer named Pinkerton. He admires her for her innocence and beauty, like a young delicate butterfly, and the fact that he can just as easily pluck her wings. He only wants to temporarily marry her until he finds an American bride, but lets the lovestruck Butterfly believe that the marriage is permanent. The wedding takes place, but Butterfly's uncle disapproves of the fact that she renounced her religion for her husband. Her family disowns her, but Pinkerton kicks out the relatives and comforts her.
21st Sep '15 1:53:40 AM tenryufan
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* DawsonCasting: As is the norm for opera, 15-year old Cio-Cio San is never played by an actual teenager. An interesting variation occurs with her three-year old son, Sorrow, who almost always appears "big for his age", with actors around 5-7.
20th Sep '15 1:17:55 PM Ciara25
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* BreakTheCutie: More like "pulverize".
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* BreakTheCutie: More like "pulverize". Come the third act, Butterfly learns in quick succession that a) while Pinkerton has come back, it wasn't to see her, b) he's married an American woman and c) they've come to take her child - the only that's really kept her going these past three years - away from her.
20th Sep '15 10:47:17 AM Ciara25
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* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: The TropeCodifier for the "exotic, submissive Asian woman falls in love with Western man" plot -- while also acting as something of a {{Deconstruction}} as Pinkerton essentially ruins Butterfly's life with his selfishness and thoughtlessness.
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* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: The TropeCodifier for the "exotic, submissive Asian woman falls in love with Western man" plot -- while also acting as something of a {{Deconstruction}} as Pinkerton essentially ruins Pinkerton ''ruins'' Butterfly's life with his selfishness selfish nature and thoughtlessness.
20th Sep '15 9:18:02 AM Ciara25
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* OhCrap: Sharpless when BUtterfly reveals she gave birth to Pinkerton's child during the interim three years, which makes things even ''more'' awkward.
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* OhCrap: Sharpless when BUtterfly Butterfly reveals she gave birth to Pinkerton's child during the interim three years, which makes things even ''more'' awkward.
20th Sep '15 9:17:08 AM Ciara25
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* OhCrap: Sharpless when BUtterfly reveals she gave birth to Pinkerton's child during the interim three years, which makes things even ''more'' awkward.
20th Sep '15 9:14:17 AM Ciara25
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* CassandraTruth: Sharpless warns Pinkerton he'll devastate Butterfly if he abandons her. Suzuki tries to tell Butterfly that Pinkerton isn't coming back. Nobody listens to either of them.
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* CassandraTruth: Sharpless repeatedly warns Pinkerton he'll devastate Butterfly if he abandons her. Suzuki repeatedly tries to tell Butterfly that Pinkerton isn't coming back. Nobody listens to either of them.

* KarmaHoudini: In the end Pinkerton essentially gets everything he wanted -- his proper American life with an inconvenient Japanese wife no longer in the picture. However, his wife Kate has promised Butterfly to care for her son as her own, leaving Pinkerton a child whose very presence will always remind him that his rashness and cruelty killed the boy's mother. Also, Kate is just as appalled at everyone else by the way he treated Butterfly, which will probably always remain between them and cool their relationship.
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* KarmaHoudini: In the end Pinkerton essentially gets everything he wanted -- his proper American life with an inconvenient Japanese wife no longer in the picture. However, his wife Kate has promised Butterfly to care for her son as her own, leaving Pinkerton a child whose very presence will always remind him that his rashness and cruelty killed the boy's mother. Also, Kate is just as appalled at as everyone else by the way he treated Butterfly, which judging by the way she asks for the girl's forgiveness, and it will probably always remain between them and cool their relationship.

* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: The TropeCodifier for the "exotic, submissive Asian woman falls in love with Western man" plot. * OnlySaneMan: Suzuki and Sharpless.
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* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: The TropeCodifier for the "exotic, submissive Asian woman falls in love with Western man" plot. plot -- while also acting as something of a {{Deconstruction}} as Pinkerton essentially ruins Butterfly's life with his selfishness and thoughtlessness. * OnlySaneMan: Suzuki and Sharpless.Sharpless, who are constantly trying to get their respective friends to see sense and are ''never'' listened to.

* PlayingGertrude: Inverted. Butterfly is 15 years old but usually the actresses are much older.
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* PlayingGertrude: Inverted. Butterfly is 15 years old old, but usually the actresses are much older.older, as it can take years of training to reach the notes expected in opera.
20th Sep '15 9:02:06 AM Ciara25
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* KarmaHoudini: In the end Pinkerton essentially gets everything he wanted -- his proper American life with an inconvenient Japanese wife no longer in the picture. However, his wife Kate has promised Butterfly to care for her son as her own, leaving Pinkerton a child whose very presence will always remind him that his rashness and cruelty killed the boy's mother.
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* KarmaHoudini: In the end Pinkerton essentially gets everything he wanted -- his proper American life with an inconvenient Japanese wife no longer in the picture. However, his wife Kate has promised Butterfly to care for her son as her own, leaving Pinkerton a child whose very presence will always remind him that his rashness and cruelty killed the boy's mother. Also, Kate is just as appalled at everyone else by the way he treated Butterfly, which will probably always remain between them and cool their relationship.
28th Aug '15 8:26:23 AM rusalka95
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''Madame Butterfly'' (''Madama Butterfly'' in Italian) is a three-act opera by GiacomoPuccini. Based on both the short story ''Madame Chrysanthème'' and ''Madame Butterfly'', it tells the story of Cio-Cio San (nicknamed Butterfly) in 1904, Nagasaki, Japan. Cio-Cio San, a soprano and beautiful 15 year old girl, is engaged to be married to a U.S. Naval Officer named Pinkerton. He admires her for her innocence and beauty, like a young delicate butterfly, and the fact that he can just as easily pluck her wings. He only wants to temporarily marry her until he finds an American bride, but lets the lovestruck Butterfly believe that the marriage is permanent. The wedding takes place, but Butterfly's uncle disapproves of the fact that she renounced her religion for her husband. Her family disowns her, but Pinkerton comforts her. In the next act, three years have passed and Pinkerton is off and gone. Butterfly is alone, and Suzuki shows up to her home with a letter from Pinkerton. Butterfly thinks the letter says he will return, and Sharpless is not sure what to say to her. He doesn't know if Pinkerton will actually return or not. Butterfly had a child back at home without him, and calls him Sorrow, until her husband comes home, saying then when he returns the child will be called Joy. Pinkerton comes home, only to have Butterfly find out that in these past three years, he's married a woman named Kate. He has only come back to collect his and Butterfly's child. With hardly any other choice, Butterfly accepts this, gives up her child, and turns to all that she has left: To die with honour when one can no longer live with honour.
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''Madame Butterfly'' (''Madama Butterfly'' in Italian) is a three-act opera by GiacomoPuccini. Based on both the short story ''Madame Chrysanthème'' and ''Madame Butterfly'', it tells the story of Cio-Cio San (nicknamed Butterfly) in 1904, Nagasaki, Japan. Cio-Cio San, a soprano and beautiful 15 year old girl, is engaged to be married to a U.S. Naval Officer named Pinkerton. He admires her for her innocence and beauty, like a young delicate butterfly, and the fact that he can just as easily pluck her wings. He only wants to temporarily marry her until he finds an American bride, but lets the lovestruck Butterfly believe that the marriage is permanent. The wedding takes place, but Butterfly's uncle disapproves of the fact that she renounced her religion for her husband. Her family disowns her, but Pinkerton kicks out the relatives and comforts her. In the next act, three years have passed and Pinkerton is off and gone. Butterfly is alone, and has lived alone with her maid Suzuki. While Suzuki claims that Pinkerton will never return, Butterfly insists that he will return to her. Sharpless then shows up to at her home with a letter from Pinkerton. Butterfly excitedly thinks the letter says he will return, and be back soon. Sharpless is not sure what to say to her. He doesn't know if her since the actual contents of the letter reveal that Pinkerton will actually return or not. is indeed returning to Japan, but that he has moved on with his life and no longer attaches himself to his Japanese wife. When Sharpless tries to tell Butterfly had a this, she reveals that she gave birth to Pinkerton's child back at home without him, and after he left. She calls him Sorrow, until but declares faithfully that when her husband comes home, saying then when he returns the child will be called Joy.Joy. Sharpless cannot bear to crush such a loyal heart and has to leave without telling her of Pinkerton's true treachery. After he leaves, Butterfly sees Pinkerton's ship in the bay. She and Suzuki joyfully prepare the house for his arrival and then wait all night for him. When, however, he arrives, Butterfly has fallen asleep, exhausted by her vigil. But Pinkerton comes home, only to have Butterfly find out that in these past three years, he's does not arrive alone: He arrives with his wife, Kate, who he married a woman named Kate. He has only after leaving Japan. Informed of the existence of the child, Pinkerton and his wife have come back to collect take him away and raise him in America. Unable to face his and guilt, Pinkerton leaves his wife to handle it. Butterfly's child.despair upon finding this woman in her home does not shake her composure. Kate begs for Butterfly's forgiveness and promises to treat the child as her own. With hardly any other choice, Butterfly accepts this, gives up her child, and turns to all that she has left: To die with honour when one can no longer live with honour.
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