Madama Butterfly’s Most Unlikely Muse

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W. Anthony Sheppard's recent research on the role of music boxes in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Turandot will be featured in an episode of the Emmy Award-winning PBS show "State of the Arts" on December 2nd.  The program will be broadcast by WHYY in Philadelphia at 3:30 PM and by New Jersey's NJTV at 8:00 PM.  The episode will then be available on the NJTV website. You can also the new PBS show on YouTube featuring this story!

In a New York Times piece, you can read about how music professor W. Anthony Sheppard finds (in Morristown, NJ, of all places) a 19th century music box that may well have been the original source of two signature melodies in Puccini's famous opera.

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