|Geraldine Farrar as Cio-cio San in the|
Metropolitan Opera's 1907 production. Caruso
played the lead male role of Pinkerton
"Set in Nagasaki, Japan, Madame Butterfly told the story of an American sailor, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries and abandons a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly. In addition to the rich, colorful orchestration and powerful arias that Puccini was known for, the opera reflected his common theme of living and dying for love. This theme often played out in the lives of his heroines--women like Cio-Cio-San, who live for the sake of their lovers and are eventually destroyed by the pain
Anyway, enough. Happy Birthday Ci-cio San.