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Madama Butterfly

There could have been little doubt that Madama Butterfly, with Renato Scotto as Cio-Cio-San, had to be a part of the Met’s inaugural season at Lincoln Center. In this radio broadcast from March 18, 1967, the Italian soprano “sang musically and affectingly, with pathos and color and humor in the voice … in a manner to enfold the listener,” according to critic Louis Snyder. On the podium, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli led an exciting cast including American tenor George Shirley in his only Pinkerton of the season. The resourceful mezzo-soprano Nedda Casei portrayed Suzuki, and baritone Ron Bottcher was the American consul Sharpless.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Mar 18, 1967
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
Librettist
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Run Time
2 HRS 11 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Cio-Cio-San
Renata Scotto
Suzuki
Nedda Casei
Pinkerton
George Shirley
Sharpless
Ron Bottcher
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