17th FEBRUARY ~ HiSTORY ON THIS DAY

February 17th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1904: Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premiered at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy on the 17th February 1904. Giacomo Puccini decided to dedicate his life to opera after seeing a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida in 1876. In his later life, he wrote some of the best-loved operas of all time: La Boheme (1896), Tosca (1900), Madame Butterfly (1904) and Turandot (1906, unfinished when he died in 1906).  None of these were an immediate success when they opened. La Boheme, the now-classic story of a group of poor artists living in a Paris garret, received mixed reviews, while Tosca was panned by critics. | & see more about history on this day in the video…