Madama Butterfly   (de Fabritiis;  dal Monte, Gigli, Basiola)   (2-EMI 69990)
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Madama Butterfly   (de Fabritiis;  dal Monte, Gigli, Basiola)   (2-EMI 69990)
OP0063. MADAMA BUTTERFLY, recorded 1939, Fabritiis Cond. Rome Opera Ensemble; Toti dal Monte, Beniamino Gigli, Mario Basiola, Vittoria Palombini, etc. (Germany) 2-EMI 69990, w.Elaborate 78pp. Libretto-Brochure. Final Copy! - 077776999029


"After 63 years this performance remains a unique pleasure...It's a sui generis performance and must be heard...this is a true necessity for Dal Monte's ‘Butterfly’."

- Robert Levine,, June, 2002

“As we listen to dal Monte’s voice on the many admirable discs that were made when she was in her prime, it is not difficult to understand why she thrilled vast audiences all over the world with the astounding eloquence of her legato, and those breathtaking shakes and trills, for which she was so justly renowned.”

- Pier Luigi Holt, GRAMOPHONE, Sept., 1954

“Galli-Curci left the Chicago Opera, 4 January, 1924, after Giorgio Polacco, manger of the Company, refused to let her choose the operas in which she would sing. Her failure to dissuade Polacco did not deter her from threatening to leave the Metropolitan if Gatti-Casazza extended the contract of Italian coloratura Toti dal Monte, who sang rôles that Galli-Curci considered her own.”

- Richard W. Amero,

“Nicknamed ‘La Toti’ by her many admirers, Toti Dal Monte possessed a light coloratura voice whose delicate tone was often compared to the strains of a nightingale. She was thus cast in rôles of vulnerable heroines, best known for her Cio-Cio-San. She débuted at La Scala at the age of 23 (1916) in the challenging rôle of Biancafiore from the then-new opera FRANCESCA DA RIMINI by Riccardo Zandonai. She returned to La Scala in 1922 and made numerous appearances there over the next couple of decades singing a broad range of rôles. Her U.S. début took place in November, 1924, at the Chicago Civic Opera, and the following month she débuted to thundering applause at the Metropolitan Opera singing Lucia. Some might assert that her greatest legacy to opera came with her 1939 recording of MADAMA BUTTERFLY, featuring Beniamino Gigli as Pinkerton. Dal Monte's Cio-Cio-San is considered by many critics the finest ever, and the recording itself one of the greatest the work has received. Cio-cio-San is a much heavier part than Dal Monte would have undertaken normally, and her interpretation is notable for its youthful-sounding freshness, which fits with the character's age. In 1939 Dal Monte also appeared in her first film, CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA.”

- Robert Cummings,

“For a remarkably long period of time that spanned the second quarter of the 20th century…Beniamino Gigli was the most important Italian lyric tenor of the operatic world. Yes, there were others, notably Tito Schipa, but none with the breadth of repertoire and the career longevity of Gigli. And then there was that unique sound – melting, sweet, unlike any other….This is, without question, one of the most important and satisfying singers of the 20th century.”

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, July/Aug., 2005