An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, first performed in Milan in 1904, here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
We’re in Nagasaki, the famous Japanese port, in the early years of the twentieth century. Let’s have a drink with Pinkerton, a U.S. naval officer – today’s his wedding day! The bride-to-be, Cio Cio-San, is beautiful, just fifteen years old, and fragile as a butterfly. Should be a happy day for them both!
Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters (based on Puccini’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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An almighty clash of cultures and the inevitable tragic ending. The essence of the story of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ is clearly outlined and made me want to be back in the theatre with the singing, music and costumes. I’m pretty sure I can handle reading above B1 level, but I’m not so good with listening, so I was happy that I could easily comprehend the reading this time too. I’m sure these books are helpful for learning the language.
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