Puccini - Madama Buttefly - Anna Moffo

Puccini - Madama Buttefly - Anna Moffo

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The DVD is featured by original recording of the opera and NOT digitally re-mastered

Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly

Cio-Cio San - Anna Moffo
Pinkerton - Renato Cioni
Sharpless - Afro Poli
Suzuki - Miti Truccato Pace
Goro - Gino Del Signore
Kate Pinkerton - Leila Dori
Il principe Yamadori - Pierluigi Latinucci
Lo zio Bonzo - Dimitri Lopatto
II commissario imperiale - Aristide Baracchi

Orchestra and Chorus of Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano
Oliviero De Fabritiis
Directed by Mario Lanfranchi

When Anna Moffo stepped before the cameras of RAI in Milan on January 24, 1956 for a telecast of Madama Butterfly, the young soprano from Wayne, Pennsylvania was virtually unknown.

Normally, RAI television productions relied upon seasoned, popular performers. However, for this telecast, director Mario Lanfranchi wanted a soprano who would appear credible as the fifteen-year-old described by Puccini's librettists. He settled on Anna Moffo, and, in doing so, started the young singer on an upward career trajectory of breathtaking speed.

In 1956 alone, Moffo was subsequently cast in leading roles in RAI telecasts of Falstaff. Mose and La Sonnambula. She was also chosen by conductor Antonio Votto for the role of Musetta in the Callas recording of La Boheme and, in November, opened the 1956-57 San Carlo Opera season as Nannetta in Falstaff. Debuts at La Scala, the Salzburg Festival under Von Karajan, and the Vienna State Opera followed closely in 1957 with a Chicago Lyric Opera debut as Nannetta and Liu in 1958. Moffo's rapturously-received first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera as Violetta in La Traviata occurred just one year later. That debut elicited one of Variety's more whimsical headlines: Moffo Boffo!

Cio-cio san is one of the most demanding roles in opera, requiring beauty of sound, dramatic credibility, vocal resources to ride above a heavy orchestration, and stamina. From the time of her first appearance, Cio-Cio San is rarely off stage. As is apparent from this performance, Anna Moffo filled all of these requirements superbly, and this from a singer barely on the brink of her career!

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