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At The Opera, Puccini: Madama Butterfly, June 1, 2019

  

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

It is based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which in turn was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. Long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as the one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, which, after premiering in New York in 1900, moved to London, where Puccini saw it in the summer of that year.

The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904 at La Scala in Milan. It was poorly received, despite having such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in lead roles. This was due in part to a late completion by Puccini, which gave inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act in two, with the Humming Chorus as a bridge to what became Act III, and making other changes. Success ensued, starting with the first performance on May 28, 1904 in Brescia.

Cast:

Butterfly – Leontyne Price

Pinkerton – Richard Tucker

Sharpless – Philip Maero

Suzuki – Rosalind Elias

Erich Leinsdorf – Conductor

RCA - 1963

 

 

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12 p.m.
Giacomo Price: Madama Butterfly BUY RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor Leontyne Price
RCA 61660-2-RC
10:00 p.m.
10:40 p.m.
Leontyne Price BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall
10:45 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly: Tu, Tu, piccolo iddio BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Giacomo Puccini
10:48 p.m.
Cilea: Andriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Cilea
10:51 p.m.
Leontyne Price BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall
10:54 p.m.
Puccini: La rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Puccini
11:00 p.m.
11:02 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida BUY London Philharmonic; Leona Mageria, conductor Luciano Pavarotti
London/Decca 4758366
11:07 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude BUY Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; John Prichard, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:11 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' liete calci BUY Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; John Prichard, conductor Joan Sutherland / Carlo Bergonzi
London/Decca 4758366
11:14 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto: Questa o quella BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
London/Decca 4758366
11:16 p.m.
Puccini: La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Sogno di Doretta BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Puccini
London/Decca 4758366
11:22 p.m.
Gounod: Faust, opera: Salut! demeure chaste et pure BUY from Giuseppe Di Stefano in Chicago: Recital 1950; composed by Gounod
11:28 p.m.
Giuseppe Di Stefano BUY from Giuseppe Di Stefano in Chicago: Recital 1950
11:31 p.m.
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar! BUY ; Gaetano Merola, conductor
11:35 p.m.
Puccini: Tosca, opera: E lucean le stelle BUY ; Gaetano Merola, conductor
11:38 p.m.
various: Chicago Concert 1950 BUY Gaetano Merola; Radio Orch. or Chicago, conductor Sayao/Tebaldi


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