Tonight is premiere night for "Madame Butterfly" in Magdeburg. This has to be some of the most wonderful and dramatic music ever written. This scene brings tears to my eyes every time - (hope I can read the music in spite of it all!)
I won't go into the details of the plot (it isn't a happy end), but the music is incredibly moving. It is a mixture of everything from Gilbert & Sullivan through Wagner to Gershwin - and, of course, original Puccini. It isn't difficult to see why this is one of the most performed operas in the world today.
This is my recollection of a beautiful templegarden in Kyoto - fitting for today.