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A Sea of Misery

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 04 April 2013

Donald Macleod explores the exotic soundworld Puccini created for "Madam Butterfly", a tale of love and loss set in the Far East, his final collaboration with the creators of three of his most successful operas, librettists Giacosa and Illica.

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5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:02

    Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly, Act II : Humming chorus

    Performers: Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    EMI 4562152, 13

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:07

    Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly, Act I : Love duet

    Performer: Jonas Kaufman (Pinkerton) Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Butterfly) Performers: Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    EMI 4562152, 15

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:24

    Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly, Act II : E izaghi ed Izanami; Un Bel Di Vedremo

    Performer: Enkelelejda Shkosa (Suzuki)Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Butterfly) Performers: Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    EMI 4562152, 19

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:36

    Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly, Act II : Finale

    Performer: Enkelelejda Shkosa (Suzuki) Performer: Cristina Reale (Kate) Performer: Fabio Capitanucci (Sharpless)Performer: Jonas Kaufman (Pinkerton) Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Butterfly) Performers: Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    EMI 4562152, 23

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:48

    Giacomo Puccini Turandot, Act I : Chorus 'Perche tarda la luna'

    Performer: Placido Domingo (Calaf) Performer: Vienna State Opera Chorus Performer: Vienna SangerKnaben Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    DG 410 096-2, 5

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