Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2-CD) – Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2-CD) – Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti, Rosalind Elias, Renato Cesari, Mario Carlin, Nestore Catalani, Fernando Corena, Mitì Truccato Pace, Leonardo Monreale, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Urania
Release Date: March 5, 2024

Among Puccini’s great operas, Madama Butterfly is the one that had reference recordings relatively later. Among them, the first to represent the most modern and innovative side of the composer was this stereo recording from 1957, edited by Richard Moore for the American RCA. 

It is indisputable that the fundamental interpretative approach was that of a great non-Italian conductor such as Erich Leinsdorf, who would later record all of Puccini’s most important operas. Leinsdorf’s interpretative modernity was magnificently assisted by the participation of a lyric soprano like Anna Moffo and an impeccable tenor like Cesare Valletti. After many years, and also thanks to the splendid quality of the recording, this production of Butterfly remains among those of absolute reference.

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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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