HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Scotto/Bergonzi/Barbirolli)

Maybe you know, my friends, that I’m not a fan of Mrs Scotto. But, hell, I must admit, she’s here totally into the role of the unhappy Cio-Cio-San, that she has touched me…Glad to have heard her on this beautiful set, that I only bought because of Bergonzi. I have never been so moved. I have some fine recordings of Butterfly — Tebaldi, Freni, Price — yet none have moved me as this one. They all have their fine points, and moving parts that bring one to tears, but this recording is so much more than the occasional fine moment. After I heard this opera twice in a row, I’m convinced, that this is the best “Butterfly” in the milky way.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Perform
er: Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Rolando Panerai, Paolo Montarsolo ,Anna Di Stasio
# Orchestra: Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Vinyl (1967/1986)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI

# Size: 2.82 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Amid all the recorings of this Puccini gem floating around, this is a priceless saphire. All of the elements are here; Renata Scotto in her absolute prime, Sir John Barbirolli (through all his moaning) in complete control, Bergonzi in rare form as Pinkerton, and a supporting cast who take the score to the heights it was intended. Renata Scotto, often panned for her sometimes risky vocal choices, creates a Butterfly that is truly a beauty to behold. To date there has not been a Butterfly with as much depth, sensitivity, power, and humanity as this that Scotto created. If ever you pondered Puccini’s intention with this score, this is the recording to listen to. Even the oft exaulted interpretations of Callas dim in comparison. Scotto is able to find the human line in the Puccini story that most sopranos either skim over or wreck with Wagnerian gumption. As simple as Puccini can be, in plot only, there is no denying the passion and humanity in his stories and the uncompromising musical line that accompanies the intimate moments of our lives. Scotto captures that with an ease that is breath-taking. From her first Aria, “Spira sul mare…” , to the finale “Con honor muore…” you hear the innocence of young love, and the power of ancient tradition, each phrase melting into the other with a control that is truly awe inspiring. The intelligence with which Scotto approaches each of her roles is refreshing and insightful; Cio-Cio San is no exception. There is also a great deal of humor in the vocal permances of the entire cast, all of which are included in the praise of this recording. If you were ever looking for the quintessential Opera/Cast/Conductor this is the one.


Analyzed folder: /96kGP_MaBut_ScBerBar/96k Puccini – Madama Butterfly – Scotto, Bergonzi, Barbirolli
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.81 dB     -20.01 dB     sideA.wav
DR14        -0.55 dB     -20.37 dB     sideB.wav
DR15        -0.27 dB     -21.42 dB     sideC.wav
DR15        -0.31 dB     -20.94 dB     sideD.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR14



  • Composer – Giacomo Puccini
  • Tenor Vocals – Carlo Bergonzi
  • Soprano Vocals – Renata Scotto
  • Baritone Vocals – Rolando Panerai
  • Bass Vocals – Paolo Montarsolo
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Anna Di Stasio
  • Orchestra, Chorus – Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
  • Conductor – Sir John Barbirolli

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Ortofon MC30 Supreme (loaned)
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5


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8 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Scotto/Bergonzi/Barbirolli)

  1. Very good; she gives Callas a run for the money! And the “Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia” duet is beautifully done!

    I have the CD, but this is better!

  2. I’ve been a fan of this opera since I was a little boy. I’ve been a fan of Maria Callas since I heard her Madama Butterfly. If Scotto’s Butterfly interpretation is truly superior, then we should all weep for joy that it exists and weep for sorrow that she never went so far again.

    Thank you Rachmaninov.

  3. Rachmaninov, I totally agree with you about Renata Scotto. Not a favourite of mine either, but I must admit that Butterfly is a role that belongs to her. At least, in this recording.
    Thank you very much!

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