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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - Madama Butterfly (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - Madama Butterfly (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558049
ISBN: 1-84379-041-6

Madama Butterfly runs the gamut of operatic emotions. The title heroine has a fragility wonderfully expressed in her entry music, deep sexual instincts as shown in the love duet, and immense tragic stature in her last hours. The fate of Madama Butterfly - married to an American sailor and then abandoned - engages our emotions, as it obviously did Puccini's to a degree equalled by few other opera heroines. The oriental setting and the exquisite orchestral and choral writings are treasured bonuses.

This audiobook is the perfect introduction to Madama Butterfly. We learn about the background to Puccini's 'Japanese' opera, the social themes of honour and loyalty it involves, and how it progressed from a surprisingly unsuccessful premiere to one of the central and best-loved works of the international operatic repertory. As the story unfolds, we get to know the melodies which make this such a moving and compelling opera.

Puccini, Giacomo

  An Introduction to... PUCCINI Madama Butterfly
1.   Introduction 00:08:46
2.   Act I 00:05:46
3.   Sharpless counsels caution 00:04:59
4.   Introduction and Entrance of Butterfly 00:06:40
5.   The Wedding Ceremony 00:03:18
6.   Butterfly and Pinkerton 00:03:59
7.   End of Act I 00:03:25
8.   Act II - Introduction and 'Un bel di' 00:06:24
9.   Sharpless and Butterfly 00:02:59
10.   Butterfly's son 00:04:25
11.   The return of Pinkerton 00:03:37
12.   Waiting for Pinkerton - The Humming Chorus 00:05:35
13.   Butterfly's suicide 00:05:34

Total Playing Time: 01:05:27

Smillie, Thomson

Puccini, Giacomo

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558049

Barcode: 0636943804926

Boxset: 8.660910-12

Physical Release: 06/2002

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