On Thursday in class we discussed the performance of Cristina Gallardo-Domas as Cio-Cio-San in the Met’s current production of Madama Butterfly. While we all agreed that Gallardo-Domas has an incredible voice, some of us were distracted by her very expressive and dramatic body movements throughout the performance.
For comparison’s sake, here are two video clips, one of Cristina Gallardo-Domas singing "Un bel di vendremo" in 2003 and the second of opera legend Renata Tebaldi singing the same piece in the late 1950s. Let us know what you think.
1. Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Madama Butterfly "Un bel di vendremo", Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 2003
2. Renata Tebaldi, Madama Butterfly "Un bel dì vedremo", first recording in color for television, about 1959, never broadcasted