Madama Butterfly (2 CD) - Serafin, Washington, Sordello
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 3/9/1999
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra: Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra Rome
Chorus: Santa Cecilia National Academy Chorus Rome
Run Time: 2:22:59
Puccini’s original version of Madama Butterfly premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1904. The composer was inspired to write an opera about a tragic love between a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer after seeing David Belasco’s play by the same name performed in London in June 1900. Puccini’s score includes many Japanese folk melodies, and is one of his most sweeping and sophisticated. It remains one of the world’s most popular operas.
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