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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Basile, Scotto, Cioni, Et Al

Release Date: 02/17/1998 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1150   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato CioniFranca MattiucciLuciana PalombiAlberto Rinaldi,   ... 
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  EIAR Symphony Orchestra TurinEIAR Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Renata Scotto decided to move out of the bel canto operas and into verismo, she tackled Madama Butterfly first--and brilliantly. Her bel canto training allowed her to lighten her sound sufficiently so that Butterfly's tender age and innocence would be altogether believable, while her ability to focus her tone and lean on the voice made the bigger, climactic moments equally stunning. To be sure, this forcing took a few years off her bel canto bloom and added to her vocal decline, but that's hardly a worry here (this was recorded in 1967), when she's in complete control of all of her faculties.

Her portrait is that of a lovely, sad, victimized girl, who retains her dignity to the end. Remarkable! Renato Cioni, usually an
Read more annoyance, is at his best-behaved here as Pinkerton, sounding lusty in the first and rueful in the last acts. Alberto Rinaldi is a workaday Sharpless, but Franca Mattiucci, without a particularly distinguished sound, nevertheless manages to make Suzuki a major player. The conductor is Arturo Basile, hardly anyone's favorite, but he seems to follow Scotto's highly dramatic lead, and the opera takes a firm hold on the listener. And at this price, this is irresistible.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Cioni (Tenor), Franca Mattiucci (Mezzo Soprano), Luciana Palombi (Mezzo Soprano),
Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Silvio Maionica (Bass),
Vito Susca (Bass), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin,  EIAR Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Live  Turin, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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