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
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha, who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless. World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1904. Met premiere: February 11, 1907.
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
The opera takes place in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki at the turn of the last century, at a time of expanding American international presence.
In 1907, Giacomo Puccini came to the United States for the first time for the Met premiere of Madama Butterfly. Geraldine Farrar sang the title role, and her 139 appearances in this opera remain a Met record.
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