The two duets are “Viene la sera” and “Vogliatemi bene”. These two duets are in fact part of a long love duet that concludes act 1. This long duet starts with “Bimba, Bimba, non piangere” and ends with the wonderful “Vogliatemi bene”.
Pavarotti sings the role of Pinkerton together with Mirella Freni who sings the role of Cio-Cio San, or Madama Butterfly herself.
Pavarotti performed in Madama Butterfly only a few times early in his career, but he sang the aria “Addio fiorito asil” in concert in his later years.
Pavarotti made only one studio recording of Madama Butterfly. In 1974 he recorded the opera with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker and with Mirella Freni as Madama Butterfly. This recording was first issued on LP in 1975 and is still available on Decca on CD, download and streaming. In fact, it’s a Pavarotti classic!
The two videos above are taken from this very recording (audio only).
Enjoy Pavarotti and the great Mirella Freni in these two duets from Madama Butterfly, and look out for more Pavarotti in operatic duets!
This post was originally published 03-10-2013. Last revision 03-10-2013.