Notes and Editorial Reviews
Picture: Full screen; black and white.
Country of Origin: Italy.
Original Language: Italian.
Subtitled Language: English, French, German.
Although the famous opera has been interpreted and performed in many different ways, few have taken to the production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY with the same gusto and guile as soprano Anna Moffo. Fully inhabiting the role of Cio-Cio San, Moffo pulls off a stunning performance in this RAI telecast production, which was filmed on January 24th, 1956. Incredibly Moffo had barely performed in a major opera before this performance, but her name soon resonated throughout the opera world as news of her talents spread. A dazzling career followed,
but it was in this production that her roots were firmly planted. Presented here in full, this is a great opportunity to witness a blossoming performer in a remarkable production of a classic opera.
Renato Cioni sings Pinkerton, and Afro Poli sings Sharpless. Oliviero De Fabritis leads the Orchestra & Chorus of Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano.
Works on This Recording
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Renato Cioni (Tenor),
Anna Moffo (Soprano),
Afro Poli (Baritone)
Oliviero de Fabritiis
Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,
Italian Radio Chorus Milan
Written: 1904; Italy
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