Story: Opera and musical theatre

Madame Butterfly principals

Madame Butterfly principals

When J. C. Williamson's company performed Puccini's Madame Butterfly in Auckland in 1910, cartoons of some of the principal singers in costume were published in New Zealand Truth. This was the first New Zealand airing of the immensely popular opera, which had had its world premiere only six years earlier.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Truth, 7 May 1910, p. 6

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Lindis Taylor, 'Opera and musical theatre - Early years of opera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014