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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 to a degree equaled by few other opera heroines. The oriental setting and the exquisite orchestral and choral writings are treasured bonuses.

This audiobook is the perfect introduction to Madama Butterfly. We learn about the background to Puccini's "Japanese" opera, the social themes of honor and loyalty it involves, and how it progressed from a surprisingly unsuccessful premiere to one of the central and best-loved works of the international operatic repertory. As the story unfolds, we get to know the melodies which make this such a moving and compelling opera.

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Let’s get that bread

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Excellent introduction to a classic opera

Smillie provides a short, but effective introduction to Puccini's much loved opera. The extracts from performances are particularly effective and used well.

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Excellent introduction.

A great introduction to this opera. The mix of music, story and comment works well. Well read. To really appreciate the opera when you see it make sure you listen to this first. Your enjoyment and understanding will be greatly enhanced.