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Author Smillie, Thomson

Title An introduction to-- Puccini : Madama Butterfly / written by Thomson Smillie
Published [Hong Kong] : Naxos Music Library, [2007]


Description 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Series Opera explained
Opera explained.
Contents An Introduction to? PUCCINI Madama Butterfly / Giacomo Puccini (David Timson, reader)
Summary This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Madama Butterfly runs the gamut of operatic emotions. The title heroine has a fragility wonderfully expressed in her entry music, deep sexual instincts as shown in the love duet, and immense tragic stature in her last hours. The fate of Madama Butterfly - married to an American sailor and then abandoned - engages our emotions, as it obviously did Puccini's to a degree equalled by few other opera heroines. The oriental setting and the exquisite orchestral and choral writings are treasured bonuses
Notes Streaming audio
Title from image of compact disc cover on Web page (viewed May 10, 2006)
Includes program notes
Duration: 65:33
Performer Unidentified performers ; David Timson, narrator
Notes Narrated in English; opera excerpts sung in Italian
Subject Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Madama Butterfly.
SUBJECT Madama Butterfly (Puccini, Giacomo) fast (OCoLC)fst01361517
Subject Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
Operas -- Stories, plots, etc.
Operas -- Excerpts.
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
Operas -- Excerpts.
Genre/Form Streaming audio
Stories, plots, etc.
Form Streaming audio
Author Timson, David.
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Madama Butterfly. Selections.
Other Titles Puccini, Madama Butterfly
Madama Butterfly