TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 06 AUG 1955
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
2CD 0825646340996 – DIGITAL

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO
HERBERT VON KARAJAN

A famous backstage photo was taken in Chicago after one of just three performances that Callas gave of Madama Butterfly; it shows the soprano in her Japanese costume, snarling furiously at a bailiff who had served a writ on her – the very image of the tempestuous diva. By contrast, in her recording of the role, ‘it is, miraculously,’ as the critic John Osborne observed, ‘the 15-year- old girl and not the great Callas who stands before us.’ Her genius for vocal characterisation finds an apt complement in Herbert von Karajan’s conducting: ‘a wholly sympathetic rendering [that] brings out more of the detail of the score than I have ever heard before’, wrote Gramophone.


MADAMA BUTTERFLY (CIO-CIO-SAN): MARIA CALLAS


SUZUKI: LUCIA DANIELI


B. F. PINKERTON: NICOLAI GEDDA


KATE PINKERTON: LUISA VILLA


SHARPLESS: MARIO BORRIELLO


GORO: RENATO ERCOLANI


YAMADORI: MARIO CARLIN


IL BONZO: PLINIO CLABASSI


IL COMMISSARIO: ENRICO CAMPI