Madama Butterfly (2 CD plus Blu-ray Audio) – Pavarotti, Freni

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Madama Butterfly (2 CD plus Blu-ray Audio) – Pavarotti, Freni
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Conductors:
Herbert von Karajan
Norbert Balatsch
Antonio Tonini
Artists:
Luciano Pavarotti 
Mirella Freni 
Michel Sénéchal
Christa Ludwig
Robert Kerns
Hans Helm
Marius Rintzler
Wolfgang Schneider
Giorgio Stendoro
Elke Schary
Siegfried Rudolf Frese
Evamaria Hurdes
Erna Maria Mühlberger
Martha Heigl
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Chorus: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Label: Decca
Number of discs: 3 (2 CD plus Blu-ray Audio)

"Karajan made two Puccini sets featuring Pavarotti as Rodolfo
(La Bohème) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), with Mirella Freni, his love interest in both operas.

They were unashamedly de luxe: the casting is uniformly magnificent featuring singers on parallel with the calibre of Nicolai Ghiaurov (Freni’s real-life husband), Rolando Panerai and Michel Sénéchal among the supporting roles."

−James Jolly
(Extract from Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1: The First Decade)

 

History

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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