Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a series that presents some of the great names of 20th century opera. The live performances were broadcast on television as part of The Voice of Firestone series of the late '40s and early '50s. In this edition, the featured singer is soprano Licia Albanese, best known for her signature portrayal of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly. The delicate nuances of the character perfectly suited the diminutive diva with the grand voice. She sings excerpts from this role and others in this television performance.