Opera - Madam Butterfly

 GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858-1924)
   
 Madam Butterfly 137:10  
  Opera in two acts  
  Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the book by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco  
  English version based on that of R.H. Elkin  
   
  Act I  
1 Introduction 1:05
2 'So the walls and the ceiling . . .' 2:06
  Pinkerton, Goro  
3 'I think Your Honour's smiling' 2:17
  Suzuki, Pinkerton, Goro  
4 'It can't be much further now!' 1:20
  Sharpless, Goro, Pinkerton  
5 'The whole world over' 2:22
6 'Fate can't crush him' 1:13
  Pinkerton, Sharpless  
7 'Is the bride very pretty?' 1:06
  Sharpless, Goro, Pinkerton  
8 'True love or fancy' 3:23
  Pinkerton, Sharpless  
9 'See them! They're climbing the summit of the hill!' 3:30
  Goro, Butterfly's Girl Friends, Butterfly, Sharpless  
10 'We are honoured' 3:34
  Butterfly, Girl Friends, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Goro  
11 'The Imperial Commissioner' 1:48
  Goro, Pinkerton, Relations and Friends, Butterfly, Yakuside  
12 'Oh, indeed, my friend, you're lucky!' 1:16
  Sharpless, Butterfly  
13 'Come, my beloved' 3:25
  Pinkerton, Butterfly, Goro  
14 'My fate I have to follow' 1:17
  Butterfly  
15 'Silence! Silence!' 1:52
  Goro, Commissioner, Girl Friends, Butterfly  
16 'Congratulations' 4:33
  Commissioner, Pinkerton, Sharless, Registrar, Relatives, the Bonze, Goro  
17 'Dearest, my dearest, weep no more' 2:06
  Pinkerton, Butterfly, Suzuki  
18 'Evening is falling . . .' 3:31
  Pinkerton, Butterfly, Suzuki  
19 'Child, from whose eyes the witchery is shining' 3:52
  Pinkerton, Butterfly  
20 'Ah, love me a little' 7:28
  Butterfly, Pinkerton  
   
  Act II  
  Part 1  
21 'Izaghi Izanami' 6:47
  Suzuki, Butterfly  
22 'One fine day' 4:35
  Butterfly  
23 'Come, let's enter' 4:22
  Goro, Sharpless, Butterfly  
24 'Yamadori, and has your unrequitted love not yet released you?' 4:53
  Butterfly, Yamadori, Sharpless, Goro  
25 'Now, at last!' 3:01
  Sharpless, Butterfly  
26 'Just two things I could do' 2:07
27 'This child! This child, then!' 3:24
  Butterfly, Sharpless  
28 'Do you know, my darling' 3:24
  Butterfly  
29 'I must be going' 1:43
  Sharpless, Butterfly, Suzuki  
30 'Ah! Ah!' 1:52
  Goro, Suzuki, Butterfly  
31 'Look, it's a man-of-war!' 2:33
  Suzuki, Butterfly  
32 Flower duet: 'Shake the cherry tree' 9:55
  Butterfly, Suzuki  
33 Humming Chorus 2:55
   
  Act II  
  Part 2  
34 Prelude 4:29
35 Daybreak over Nagasaki 2:52
36 'It's morning' 2:01
  Suzuki, Butterfly  
37 'Who is it? . . .' 2:42
  Suzuki, Pinkerton, Sharples  
38 'I know for such misfortune there is no consolation' 3:59
  Sharpless, Suzuki, Pinkerton  
39 'Farewell, oh happy home!' 1:51
  Pinkerton, Sharpless  
40 'Then will you tell her?' 1:19
  Kate, Suzuki  
41 'Suzuki, where are you?' 1:47
42 'You, Suzuki, you're always so faithful' 1:14
  Butterfly, Suzuki  
43 'Viper! I want you to answer' 3:40
  Butterfly, Suzuki, Sharpless, Kate  
44 'Your little fluttering heart is beating' 2:55
  Suzuki, Butterfly  
45 'Death with honour is better than life with dishonour' 5:04
  Butterfly  
   
 Cheryl Barker soprano - Cio-Cio-San (Madam Butterfly)
 Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano - Suzuki
 Paul Charles Clarke tenor - B.F. Pinkerton
 Gregory Yurisich baritone - Sharpless
 Stuart Kale tenor - Goro
 D'Arcy Bleiker baritone - Prince Yamadori
 Clive Bayley bass - The Bonze
 Simon Birchall bass - Yakuside
 Roland Wood bass - The Imperial Commissioner
 Frances Brett bass - The Official Registrar
 Anne Sheridan Jinks soprano - Cio-Cio-San's mother
 Paula Bott soprano - The Aunt
 Ann Taylor mezzo-soprano - Kate Pinkerton
  Cio-Cio-San's relations and friends and servants  
 Yves Abel
  13-17 December 2000