Madama Butterfly (3 CD) – Luciano Pavarotti

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Madama Butterfly (3 CD) – Luciano Pavarotti
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: March 16, 1987
Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
Luciano Pavarotti
Christa Ludwig
Mirella Freni
Robert Kerns
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Decca

Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular and loved operas throughout the world, and Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni are in their prime for this performance. Herbert Von Karajan conducts.

“…the Pavarotti-Freni duets are nectars of the gods. Get out the tissues and indulge.” -

"Pavarotti is an ideal foil, the best Pinkerton on any complete set; he and Freni interact like no other pair on disc. His voice, caught at its peak, encompasses the music with deceptive ease, and his nature the character...[Karajan] conducts in towering form..." - Classic CD

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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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