A US Naval officer marries Butterfly, a young Japanese geisha. He views the marriage as temporary while Butterfly, innocent and in love, believes it is forever. The officer departs for America shortly after their marriage.
It is three years later and Butterfly, who has borne the man a son, continues to await his return. At last he arrives, but he brings with him an American wife and the intention to take his son to live in the West.
Butterfly understands that she has been deserted. Denied an honorable life, she chooses an honorable death and kills herself.
MUSIC: Giacomo Puccini
LIBRETTO: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with projected English translations