Giacomo Puccini - 1907

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 290:

Butterfly went very well as far as the press and the public were concerned, but not so far as to please me. It was a performance without poetry. Farrar is not too satisfactory. She sings out of tune, forces her voice, and it does not carry well in the large space of the theatre. I had no struggle to obtain two full-dress rehearsals, including the general! Nobody knew anything. Dufrich had not taken the trouble to study the mise en scène, because the composer was there. Vigna did his best but he can’t control the orchestra. As long as he had me at his elbow things went very well, but …   more >>
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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 290. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424770943336 accessed: 17 January, 2022

Listeners

Giacomo Puccini
Composer
1858-1924

Listening to

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Madame Butterfly
written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Arturo Vigna (conductor), Dufrich, Geraldine Farrar

Experience Information

Date/Time 1907
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Giacomo Puccini to Tito Ricordi, New York, February 18 [1907].


Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:42:23 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:29:51 +0000