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Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Fisher, Burton D.
Publication Information:
Coral Gables, FL : Opera Journeys Publishing, [2001]

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111 pages : music. ; 23 cm. Paperback.
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ML50.P92 M217 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A comprehensive guide to Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly', featuring a newly translated Libretto with Music Examples, Principal Characters, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, a Discography, a Videography, a Dictionary of Opera and Musical Terms, and insightful Commentary and Analysis of the opera.

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Library Journal Review

In 1988, at the age of 35, Valery Gergiev became principal conductor and artistic director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). With origins that date to imperial Russia in 1860, the Kirov has had a long and rich history. Its post-Communist survival and growth have been spearheaded by the charismatic Gergiev, who has worked to preserve both the traditions and the repertory of the Mariinsky and to introduce innovations so that it can compete with the greatest Western theaters. He oversees hundreds of performers and support staff, plans a demanding schedule of performances, recruits exceptionally talented guest artists, and fund-raises tirelessly. Asked by Gergiev himself to write this book, music critic Ardoin spent 1995-96 in St. Petersburg doing research and attending the theater. By his own admission, he has written four books in one: a portrait of Gergiev, a history of the building and the artists, a personal journal of the theater as seen by a Westerner, and the story of this institution's struggle to survive. Ardoin's critical comments are astute if not in-depth. Opera and ballet fans will enjoy the rare, behind-the-scenes view of this venerable institution and its occupants. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries. Joan Stahl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Madama Butterflyp. 9
Commentary and Analysisp. 11
Principal Characters in the operap. 29
Brief Story Synopsisp. 29
Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examplesp. 30
Act Ip. 30
Act IIp. 33
Act IIIp. 35
Libretto with Music Highlight Examplesp. 37
Act Ip. 39
Act IIp. 65
Act IIIp. 84
Discographyp. 95
Videographyp. 101
Dictionary of Opera and Musical Termsp. 103