Madama Butterfly (2 CD)

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Madama Butterfly (2 CD)
ARTIST: Sir John Barbirolli
TITLE: Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2 CD)
Label: PRX/Warner Classics/Parlophone
Release Date: 05/04/18

`Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s greatest opera and my favourite,” wrote the great Italian soprano Renata Scotto in her autobiography. Though her repertoire ranged wide, Cio Cio San was perhaps Scotto’s signature role and she said that “Every time I sing Butterfly I feel I am reaching out and talking to each member of the audience personally.”

With Sir John Barbirolli as her passionate conductor, and Carlo Bergonzi as an irresistibly stylish Pinkerton, Scotto movingly captures both the fragility and strength of the tragic young heroine.


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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