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Madame Butterfly - Puccini (Bulgarian early 80s staging of opera starring Kabaivanska & Milcheva 2 CDs)

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This is a recording of an early 80s Bulgarian staging of Giacomo Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly', staged in the nation's capital Sofia. It stars the sopranos, Raina Kabaivanska as Madama Butterfly, and Alexandrina Milcheva as Suzuki.

Composition of this, very feminine opera, took Puccini (1858-1924) just over three years, the work being completed in December 1903. There are many reasons to suspect the composer would have finished it much sooner ; firstly, Puccini caused unknown trouble for the librettists, Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, pestering their progress, with all sorts of questions regarding Japanese cultural traditions ; then, there was the later, practical requirement, to reduce 'Madame Butterfly' to two acts, rather than the three, that had been originally intended (although later interpretations of the work, contain three acts). Puccini also had problems in his own life : he suffered a serious automobile accident, at the beginning of 1903, which fractured his femur ; the final complication, was a very intricate love affair, which also consumed much of his time.

The synopsis of 'Madame Butterfly', is a heady mixture of Puccini's powerful insight into Japanese female emotions, combined with a tragic ending, namely Madame Butterfly's 'Hari'Kari' suicide. It begins in 1904, with the US Naval Officer, Pinkerton, and Madame Butterfly, making plans to marry, as Pinkerton is stationed in Japan, and it is standard protocol, for the Japanese hosts, to provide senior US naval personnel, with a young, teenage Geisha bride. Unfortunately for Butterfly, Pinkerton has secret plans, to marry an American woman, later on, and take advantage of the lax Japanese divorce laws.

The synopsis unfolds, as Butterfly, gradually, over the course of several years of Pinkerton's absence, realises that he does not love her, as much as his new American wife, who eventually turns up, later in the story. A tragic ending unfolds ...

Disc One :-
1)-9) Act One
10),11) Act Two (beginning)

Disc Two :-
1)-7) Act Two (conclusion)
8)-12) Act Three

Both discs are in EX- condition.
(includes two booklets {sample Photo Three}, background information, and libretto)

Item details

Band/artist(s):
Puccini (Bulgarian early 80s staging of opera starring Kabaivanska & Milcheva 2 CDs)
Catalogue number:
CAB 2
Condition:
Used
Genre:
Classical, opera & popera
Label:
Frequenz / Divox / Nippon Columbia
Tracks:
23

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This is a recording of an early 80s Bulgarian staging of Giacomo Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly', staged in the nation's capital Sofia. It stars the sopranos, Raina Kabaivanska as Madama Butterfly, and Alexandrina Milcheva as Suzuki.

Composition of this, very feminine opera, took Puccini (1858-1924) just over three years, the work being completed in December 1903. There are many reasons to suspect the composer would have finished it much sooner ; firstly, Puccini caused unknown trouble for the librettists, Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, pestering their progress, with all sorts of questions regarding Japanese cultural traditions ; then, there was the later, practical requirement, to reduce 'Madame Butterfly' to two acts, rather than the three, that had been originally intended (although later interpretations of the work, contain three acts). Puccini also had problems in his own life : he suffered a serious automobile accident, at the beginning of 1903, which fractured his femur ; the final complication, was a very intricate love affair, which also consumed much of his time.

The synopsis of 'Madame Butterfly', is a heady mixture of Puccini's powerful insight into Japanese female emotions, combined with a tragic ending, namely Madame Butterfly's 'Hari'Kari' suicide. It begins in 1904, with the US Naval Officer, Pinkerton, and Madame Butterfly, making plans to marry, as Pinkerton is stationed in Japan, and it is standard protocol, for the Japanese hosts, to provide senior US naval personnel, with a young, teenage Geisha bride. Unfortunately for Butterfly, Pinkerton has secret plans, to marry an American woman, later on, and take advantage of the lax Japanese divorce laws.

The synopsis unfolds, as Butterfly, gradually, over the course of several years of Pinkerton's absence, realises that he does not love her, as much as his new American wife, who eventually turns up, later in the story. A tragic ending unfolds ...

Disc One :-
1)-9) Act One
10),11) Act Two (beginning)

Disc Two :-
1)-7) Act Two (conclusion)
8)-12) Act Three

Both discs are in EX- condition.
(includes two booklets {sample Photo Three}, background information, and libretto)

Band/artist(s):
Puccini (Bulgarian early 80s staging of opera starring Kabaivanska & Milcheva 2 CDs)
Catalogue number:
CAB 2
Condition:
Used
Genre:
Classical, opera & popera
Label:
Frequenz / Divox / Nippon Columbia
Tracks:
23

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