Puccini - Madama Butterfly | Naxos - Historical 811129192

Puccini - Madama Butterfly

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 811129192

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 26th May 2008

Contents

Artists

Victoria de los Angeles
Giuseppe di Stefano
Anna Maria Canali
Tito Gobbi
Renato Ercolani
Maria Huder
Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly

Artists

Victoria de los Angeles
Giuseppe di Stefano
Anna Maria Canali
Tito Gobbi
Renato Ercolani
Maria Huder
Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Gianandrea Gavazzeni

About

One of the finest ever recordings of Madama Butterfly, this 1954 taping has rarely been out of the catalogue.

Victoria de los Angeles, never in finer or fuller voice, sings with radiant beauty, Giuseppe di Stefano is a thrilling yet moving Pinkerton while Tito Gobbi brings unexpected depth and feeling to the rôle of Sharpless.

The recording is further distinguished by idiomatic and characterful performances from the Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, who was also a noted composer, author and musicologist.

When Victoria de los Angeles appeared at the Edinburgh Festival [in the mid 1950s], she was in her prime, the voice as supple and sensitive as it was beautiful. Everything she tackled seemed to be touched by the magic of her attractive presence and glorious singing.” Gramophone

Cast:
- Madama Butterfly: Victoria de los Angeles
- B. F. Pinkerton: Giuseppe Di Stefano
- Suzuki: Anna Maria Canali
- Sharpless: Tito Gobbi
- Goro: Renato Ercolani
- Kate Pinkerton: Maria Huder

Recorded 26th-31st July and 2nd-6th, 8th-9th, 11th and 23rd August, 1954 in the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome.

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