Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2-CD) – Renata Scott, Carlo Bergonzi

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2-CD) – Renata Scott, Carlo Bergonzi

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Renata Scott, Carlo Bergonzi, Anna Di Stasio, Rolando Panerai, Piero De Palma, Silvana Padoan, Giuseppe Morresi, Paolo Montarsolo, Mario Rinaudo, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Warner Classics
CD Release Date: May 4, 2018

Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s greatest opera and my favorite,” 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, “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.

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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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