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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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The Servant of Two Masters
Vittorio Giannini
Bernard Stambler
Julius Rudel (Conductor)
Tito Capobianco (Stage Director)
Robert Fletcher (Set and Costume Designer)
Eileen Schauler (Beatrice)
Donna Jeffrey (Clarissa)
Patricia Brooks (Smeraldina)
Frank Porretta (Florindo)
Charles Hindsley (Silvio)
Raymond Myers (Truffaldino)
Michael Devlin (Pantalone)
David Smith (Doctor Lombardi)
Nico Castel (Brighella)
March 09, 1967
New York City Opera
Goldoni's play elegantly varies the familiar characters of the commedia dell'arte and provides for further variations in the opera. Clarissa is about to marry her beloved Silvio when everything is upset by the entrance of Beatrice, disguised as a man thought to be dead to whom Clarissa had been promised. Truffaldino, the hungry servant of Beatrice, in his search for at least one good dinner, undertakes to also be the servant of Florindo, the missing lover of Beatrice. Truffaldino's manuevers achieve, entirely by accident, the reuniting of Beatrice and Florindo and, thereby, of Clarissa and Silvio. In place of the punishments he has deserved, Truffaldino attains a bride, Smeraldina, and a higher social level, that of shopkeeper.
3 sopranos, 3 tenors, baritone, bass-baritone, bass
The New York Times, Harold C. Schonberg, 3-10-67; The New York Times, Douglas Watt, 3-10-67
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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons - 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba - timpani, percussion, xylophone, harp - strings
An amalgam of Wagnerian chromaticism and Puccinian romanticism; lyrical, lighter, romantic-buffo style

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