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Subject: Re: Butterfly from La Scala
From: Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:57:20 -0500
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You mean "Butterfly" was "cut" at La Scala!!! Shame. I found the costumes
were not correct and I disliked the staging.

Clarissa Lablache


> From: Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:40:29 -0500
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Butterfly from La Scala
> 
> Despite the fact that I was watching Puccini's first version, I found it
>  thoroughly enjoyable and quite interesting to see how much improved his
>  final decisions bring even more drama and pathos than this original one.
> 
>  Because I am so familiar with the score I was sometimes taken aback and
>  felt "robbed" of certain musical sounds that were not there.  Particularly in
>  the love scene.  Also the lack of Pinkerton's aria"Addio fiorito asil" was
>  sadly missed.
> 
>  But in all, I found this Butterfly a sincere and tragic performance
> beautifully
>  done by Maria Jose Siri whose facial expressions alone touched one's heart.
>  Kudos to Annelise Stroppa who was a fine Suzuki and to Bryan Hymel who
>  was an almost likable reprobate of a Pinkerton.  Special acknowledgement
>  must go to a performance of Sharpless that is hard to beat.  Carlos Alvarez
>  found the key to a sympathetic rendering like I have never seen before.
>  The beauty of the staging and costumes was well conceived.
>  And of course Puccini's magnificent music well delivered by Chailly was the
>  icing on the cake.
> 
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