Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Foster
PentaTone Classics PTC 5186783 (2 discs)
Classical - Opera
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Melody Moore (Madame Butterfly)
Stefano Secco (Pinkerton)
Elisabeth Kulman (Suzuki)
Lester Lynch (Sharpless)
Alexander Kaimbacher (Goro)
Kevin Short (Lo Zio Bonzo)
Amatai Pati (Il principe Yamadori)
Liesbeth Devos (Kate Pinkerton)
Florian Köfler (Il commissario Imperiale)
Coro & Orquestra Gulbenkian
Lawrence Foster (conductor)
JAPANESE TRAGEDY WITH SYMPHONIC QUALITIES
After having recorded La Fanciulla del West, conductor Lawrence Foster now expands his Puccini discography on PENTATONE with Madama Butterfly, together with the Coro & Orquestra Gulbenkian, as well as Elisabeth Kulman (Suzuki), Stefano Secco (Pinkerton), Lester Lynch (Sharpless) and Melody Moore (Cio-Cio-San) in the title role. Despite its disastrous premiere, Madama Butterfly has become one of Puccini’s most successful and popular operas. While the Japanese ambience usually captures the attention, the original dramatic conception and exceptional symphonic qualities of the work are often overlooked. Lawrence Foster’s interpretation brings out the symphonic character of the opera, while Melody Moore’s charismatic interpretation of the title role fully realizes the work’s tragic and dramatic potential.
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