"Madama Butterfly"

© Christina Gembaczka
© Christina Gembaczka

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Studio Recording with concert
June/July 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal
the cast includes Melody Moore, Stefano Secco, Elisabeth Kulman, Lester Lynch & conductor Lawrence Foster with the Gulbenkian Orchestra & Chorus

Lawrence Foster leads the Gulbenkian Orchestra in a live recording from Lisbon of one of Puccini’s most notable works. SFCRC’s recording of "Madama Butterfly" boasts a stunning cast of international artists including Stefano Secco, Elisabeth Kulman, Lester Lynch, and Melody Moore in the tragic tale of the young and hopelessly romantic Cio-Cio-San, pawn to male power and vulgarity.


Released on November 19, 2021

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Opera in two acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica


Melody Moore (Cio-Cio-San, Soprano)
Stefano Secco (Pinkerton, Tenor)
Elisabeth Kulman (Suzuki, Mezzo-Soprano)
Lester Lynch (Sharpless, Baritone)
Alexander Kaimbacher (Goro, Tenor)
Kevin Short (Lo Zio Bonzo, Bass)
Amitai Pati (Il Principe Yamadori, Tenor)
Liesbeth Devos (Kate Pinkerton, Soprano)
Florian Köfler (Il Commissario Imperiale, Bass)
Tiago Batista (Lo Zio Yakusidé, Bass)
Jorge Leiria (L’Ufficiale del Registro, Tenor)
Cecília Rodrigues (La Madre di Cio-Cio-San, Mezzo-Soprano)
Filipa Passos (La Zia, Soprano)
Sara Marques (La Cugina, Soprano)
Gulbenkian Chorus
Jorge Matta (Chorus Master)
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Maaria Leino (Concertmaster)
Clelia Cafiero (Assistant Conductor)
Lawrence Foster (Conductor)

Production Team

Producer: Job Maarse (SFCRC)
Production Manager: Christina Gembaczka (for SFCRC)
Balance Engineer & Editing: Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International)
Recording Engineer & Editing: Lauran Jurrius (Polyhymnia International)
Technical Support: Leendert van Zanten (Polyhymnia International)

Italian Language Coach: Matelda Cappelletti

A San Francisco Classical Recording Company Production

Recording Location

Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
June 25 - July 7, 2019