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Madam Butterfly


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A Japanese tragedy.
Adapted for television and produced by George R. Foa.
The action takes place in Nagasaki.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Led by Harold Parfitt)
Conducted by Stanford Robinson


Libretto: L. Illica
Libretto: G. Giacosa
Adapter/producer: George R. Foa
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Musicians: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Harold Parfitt
Orchestra conducted by: Stanford Robinson
Chorus-master: Cyril Gell
Repetiteur: William Reid
Adviser: Kay Kinugasa
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Madam Butterfly, Cho-Cho-San: Sonya Hana
Madam Butterfly, Cho-Cho-San sung by: Joyce Gartside
Suzuki, Cho-Cho-San's servant: Barbara Lee Yu Ling
Suzuki, Cho-Cho-San's servant sung by: Patricia Kern
Lieutenant Pinkerton of the United States Navy: David Peel
Lieutenant Pinkerton of the United States Navy sung by: John Dobson
Sharpless, United States Consul at Nagasaki: Roderick Jones
Sharpless, United States Consul at Nagasaki sung by: Ivor Evans
Goro, a marriage broker: Michel de Lutry
Goro, a marriage broker sung by: Robert Gard
The Bonze, Cho-Cho-San's uncle: Kenji Takaki
The Bonze, Cho-Cho-San's uncle sung by: Raimund Herincx
Prince Yamadori: Otokichi Ikeda
Prince Yamadori sung by: Duncan Robertson
The High Commissioner: Kizaemon Kitamura
The High Commissioner sung by: Raimund Herincx
Kate Pinkerton: Jean Waugh
Kate Pinkerton sung by: Frances Wilkes

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