Madama Butterfly (includes Humming Chorus and Un Bel Di)
Giacomo Puccini

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The highest of Puccini's 5 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This reached its highest ever position of number 36 in 1998.

Heartbreaking Puccini magic combines tear-jerking romance with oriental touches in this touching opera about a teenage Geisha girl who marries a US naval officer who then dumps her. The masterpiece contains some of the composer's most inspired melodies, often tinged with an oriental flavour. It tells the tragic story of a jilted Japanese Geisha girl, awaiting the return of her U.S. Naval Officer husband. He does eventually return — but the consequences are predictably tragic.

Anthony Minghella's 2005 production for English National Opera.