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|A heart-wrenching Madama Butterfly at Dresden's Semperoper|
|In the early years of the 20th century Puccini was a very happy man. His most recent opera, Tosca, was proving as successful as La Bohème, and the lucky composer was being summoned to opera houses throughout Europe for its premières. In the summer of 1900 Puccini attended the première performance of Tosca in London, and soaked in the atmosphere of Europe’s largest city. It was here that he attended a performance of David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan.
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