[Met Performance] CID:128360

Madama Butterfly
Metropolitan Opera House, Mon, March 11, 1940

Madama Butterfly (249)
Giacomo Puccini | Luigi Illica/ Giuseppe Giacosa
Licia Albanese

Charles Kullman

Lucielle Browning

John Brownlee

Alessio De Paolis

Norman Cordon

George Cehanovsky

Kate Pinkerton
Maxine Stellman

Wilfred Engelman

Gennaro Papi

Review 1:

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the Herald Tribune

Puccini Opera Begins Final Week of Season

"Madama Butterfly" Is Given at Metropolitan

The last week of the regular season at the Metropolitan Opera House began last night with the fourth and final performance of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Licia Albanese repeated her effective impersonation of the title role with Charles Kullman as Pinkerton and John Brownlee as Sharpless, a part which he had first sung here last month. Vocally it was well phrased, while varying in tonal roundness. Dramatically, in the second act it deserved praise for its expressive conviction. The Consul's sympathy for the plight of hapless Cio-Cio-San was communicatively realized. Lucielle Browning, a commendable Suzuki; Maxine Stellman and Messrs. De Paolis, Cehanovsky, Cordon and Engelman sang the other roles under Gennaro Papi's direction. <

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