Madama Butterfly discography

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This is a partial discography of Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), an opera by Giacomo Puccini. The original version of the opera premiered on February 17, 1904, at La Scala in Milan.

Audio[edit]

Year Cast
(Cio-Cio San,
Pinkerton,
Suzuki,
Sharpless)
Conductor,
Opera House and Orchestra
Label[1]
1929 Rosetta Pampanini,
Alessandro Granda,
Conchita Velasquez,
Gino Vanelli
Lorenzo Molajoli,
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus, Milan
(Recorded by Columbia)
Audio CD: Arkadia
Cat: 78041
1929–1930 Margaret Burke Sheridan,
Lionello Cecil,
Ida Mannarini,
Vittorio Weinberg
Carlo Sabajno,
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus, Milan
(Recorded by HMV)
Audio CD: Romophone,
Cat: 89001-2;
Arkadia, Cat: 78030
1939 Toti dal Monte,
Beniamino Gigli,
Vittoria Palombini,
Mario Basiola
Oliviero de Fabritiis,
Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
(Recorded by HMV)
Audio CD: Pearl
Cat: 9290
1948 Eleanor Steber,
Jan Peerce,
Suzanne Carré,
Richard Bonelli
Eugene Ormandy,
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Chorus
(Recording of a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, 3 September)
Audio CD: Video Artists International
Cat: VAIA 1220
1949 Eleanor Steber,
Richard Tucker,
Jean Madeira,
Giuseppe Valdengo
Max Rudolf,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
(Recorded by US Columbia)
Audio CD: Sony
Cat: MH2K 62765
1951 Renata Tebaldi,
Giuseppe Campora,
Nell Rankin,
Giovanni Inghilleri
Alberto Erede,
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and Chorus, Rome
Audio CD: Decca,
Cat: 440230
1954 Clara Petrella,
Ferruccio Tagliavini,
Mafalda Masini,
Giuseppe Taddei
Angelo Questa,
RAI Turin Orchestra and Chorus
(Recorded by Cetra)
Audio CD: Warner Fonit
Cat: 0927-43551-2
1954 Victoria de los Ángeles,
Giuseppe di Stefano,
Anna Maria Canali,
Tito Gobbi
Gianandrea Gavazzeni,
Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
(Recorded by HMV)
Audio CD: Testament
Cat: 2168
1955 Maria Callas,
Nicolai Gedda,
Lucia Danieli,
Mario Borriello
Herbert von Karajan,
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: EMI Classics,
Cat: 12946,
Audio CD: Naxos,
Cat: 8.111026-27
1956 Dorothy Kirsten,
Daniele Barioni,
Mildred Miller,
Clifford Harvuot
Dimitri Mitropoulos,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (abridged)
LP: Metropolitan Opera Record Club
Cat: MO 722
1957 Anna Moffo,
Cesare Valletti,
Rosalind Elias,
Renato Cesari
Erich Leinsdorf,
Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Audio CD: RCA Victor,
Cat: 078635414523
1958 Renata Tebaldi,
Carlo Bergonzi,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
Enzo Sordello
Tullio Serafin,
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and Chorus, Rome
Audio CD: Decca,
Cat: 452594
1960 Victoria de los Ángeles,
Jussi Björling,
Miriam Pirazzini,
Mario Sereni
Gabriele Santini,
Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: EMI,
Cat: 7636342
1962 Leontyne Price,
Richard Tucker,
Rosalind Elias,
Philip Maero
Erich Leinsdorf,
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: RCA Living Stereo,
Cat: 68884
1966 Renata Scotto,
Carlo Bergonzi,
Anna di Stasio,
Rolando Panerai
John Barbirolli,
Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: EMI Classics,
Cat: 67888
1974 Mirella Freni,
Luciano Pavarotti,
Christa Ludwig,
Robert Kerns
Herbert von Karajan,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Decca,
Cat: 417577
1978 Renata Scotto,
Plácido Domingo,
Gillian Knight,
Ingvar Wixell
Lorin Maazel,
Philharmonia Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Audio CD: CBS Masterworks,
Cat: 35181
1987 Mirella Freni,
José Carreras,
Teresa Berganza,
Juan Pons
Giuseppe Sinopoli,
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon,
Cat: 423567
1991 Miriam Gauci,
Yordy Ramiro,
Nelly Boschkowá,
Georg Tichy
Alexander Rahbari,
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Audio CD: Naxos,
Cat: 8.660015-16
1997 Svetlana Katchour,
Bruce Rankin,
Fredrika Brillemburg,
Heikki Kilpelainen
Gunter Neuhold,
Bremen Philharmonic State Orchestra
Audio CD: Naxos,
Cat: 8.660078-79
Original 1904 version.
2009 Angela Gheorghiu,
Jonas Kaufmann,
Enkelejda Shkosa,
Fabio Capitanucci
Antonio Pappano,
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Audio CD: EMI Classics,
Cat: 456215-2

Video[edit]

Year Cast
(Cio-Cio San,
B.F. Pinkerton,
Suzuki,
Sharpless)
Conductor,
Opera House and Orchestra
Label
1956 Anna Moffo,
Renato Cioni,
Miti Truccato Pace,
Afro Poli
Oliviero De Fabritiis,
Chorus and Orchestra della RAI di Milano
DVD: VAI
1974 Mirella Freni,
Plácido Domingo,
Christa Ludwig,
Robert Kerns
Herbert von Karajan,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus
(Film — directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle)
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 00440 073 4037
1986 Yasuko Hayashi,
Peter Dvorský,
Hak-Nam Kim,
Giorgio Zancanaro
Lorin Maazel,
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus, Milan
DVD: Art Haus Musik
Cat: 100 110
2004 Daniela Dessì,
Fabio Armiliato,
Rossana Rinaldi,
Juan Pons
Plácido Domingo,
Festival Puccini, Torre del Lago - Orchestra and Chorus Città Lirica
DVD: Dynamic
Cat: 33457
2011 Patricia Racette,
Marcello Giordani,
Maria Zifchak,
Greg Fedderly
Patrick Summers,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
(Production by Anthony Minghella)
(Direction and Choreography by Carolyn Chao)
DVD: Metropolitan Opera HD / Sony Classical
Cat: 88697 80662 9

References[edit]

Notes
Sources
  • Blyth, Alan, ed. Opera on Record. Hutchinson & Co., London. 1979.
  • Gruber, Paul, ed. The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera. W.W. Norton & Co., New York. 1993.