La Scala’s opening-night Butterfly is a role virgin

May 22, 2016 by norman lebrecht


Maria José Siri tells Graham Spicer she hadn’t even sung the role when Riccardo Chailly chose her to open his season.

I am honoured and excited as I have been preparing to tackle this role for quite some time. I am especially happy because I have never sung before with Riccardo Chailly, and had never even sung Madam Butterfly when Maestro, who is a superlative interpreter of Puccini, heard me and chose me. I am also delighted to be singing in the critical edition of the opera, which is part of Chailly’s project at La Scala to present Puccini’s operas in their original versions.

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Comments (5)

  1. Olassus says:

    Well, gee, a role debut?

    What will they think of next?

  2. Simon Evnine says:

    ==I have been preparing to tackle this role for quite some time.

    It’s not such big news that it’s the first time she’s played it.
    Another over-dramatic SD heading

    1. Petros Linardos says:

      Gratuitously juicy headline!

  3. Emil Archambault says:

    Rumour has it the Scala might even feature people who have never sung at La Scala in the near future…

    1. Mars says:

      Maria Jose Siri has already sung at La Scala in Zeffirelli’s Aida,and she was very well received.
      She is a beautiful singer with a great voice and technique,very well regarded in the major Opera houses of Europe and South America,she has also sung at the The Mariinsky Theatre and has appeared with La Scala company tour of Japan..

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