La Scala’s opening-night Butterfly is a role virginmain
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.