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For opera lovers, and novices alike, this is simply the best recording of Butterfly available.
Other than the absolutely ultimate orchestra, Mirella Freni has the most gorgeous Madama Butterfly voice ever.
Sinopoli has a tendency towards very slow tempi, but nevertheless presents a powerful account of the score.
Freni is in glorious form in this set.Pavarotti is open toned and sings magnificently as Pinkerton.Ludwig is warm if not idiomatic and the duets with Freni are beautiful. Read morePublished 6 days ago by G. Crook
This is a beautiful opera! The quality is excellent and I recommend this whole-heartedly to anyone who wants to enjoy a truly wonderful musical experience!Published 9 months ago by Judith Wegley
Wonderful duo Freni-Pavarotti .Freni was like a butterfly flying all around with her majestic voice.Karajan interpretation and readingis deep and charmful as usual. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ali Tahtah
The quality isn't the greatest and it sounds tinny I;m a big Pavarotti fan and sorry to say this one was just so soPublished 15 months ago by carolina nyc
After reading all the many reviews submitted for this recording, I am faced with the dilemma of repeating what so many have already said. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Ron Elguera
It's not complete.
It cuts songs off, and the order is wrong.
It almost sounds like what you get when you listen to the samples of songs from the download page. Read more
This is an outstanding production of Madama Butterfly! I wish I could give it 10 stars. With the companion booklet for the opera, it seems as though you are at the performance. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Lynn M. Kimsel
This recording is so perfect that I always wondered why would someone bother to record this opera again. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Roberto