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Mirella Freni / Christa Ludwig / Luciano Pavarotti

Puccini: Madama Butterfly (3CD)

 “…[no one] could come close to Decca’s sound in emphasizing realistic balances between the soloists and orchestra … This sumptuously casted performance undoubtedly has the best singing of any Madama Butterfly recording … Pavarotti was in a class by himself at this point in his career … The final scene is overwhelming … this is probably the best-sounding Madama Butterfly ever recorded.” - Fanfare


Mirella Freni (Butterfly), Luciano Pavarotti (Pinkterton), Christa Ludwig (Suzuki), Robert Kerns (Sharpless) Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan