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The best way to indulge oneself
on 9 December 2001
With two of the best ever opera stars this performance of Madama Butterfly has a head start. I love this interpretation and it is my favourite opera. Domingo is outstanding in both his acting and vocal performance of this role of Pinkerton. The sincerity and flippancy of the character is evident and his voice is superb. As for Mirella Freni, she makes an excellent Butterfly. Her mixture of naievity and passion is exactly right for this role. She makes you really believe and emapthise with the characters love for Pinkerton and her inocence of life. I would say that if you buy only one version of this wonderful opera it should be this one. All the characters are portrayed excellently. The singing is divine and the setting magnificent. Every act is a joy to behold but for me the most magical is the first. This truly is the best way to indulge yourself and can be enjoyed over and over again.