On occasion of the Festival MITO 2009, with its primarily Japanese theme, and following the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Puccini, this important exhibition recreates a behind-the-scenes look at Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly and accompanies the public through the various stages of the opera's creation and subsequent performances.
The exhibition catalogue is in the generously-sized format of an old-fashioned sheet of music. Its five sections look at the libretto, the scores, the scenes, the voices and costumes and the various occasions the opera has been staged. It has been put together using material from Ricordi’s archives including signed scores, letters, photographs, cards and scene sketches. “That’s Butterfly documents the cultural benefits of cross-pollination in the past, while MITO builds a cultural bridge between Italy and Japan” Gian Carlo Calza in the Sole 24Ore.