1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

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The Met’s Madama Butterfly came to Seattle in March of 1966 with several artists who would later work directly Seattle Opera: the Suzuki, Marilyn Zschau; the Sharpless, Julian Patrick; the director, Yoshio Aoyama; and the conductor, Samuel Krachmalnick. Krachmalnick, who later taught at the University of Washington, had a lengthy resume that extended from Broadway and ballet to operatic and orchestral repertoire; he was musical director of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, for which he was nominated for a 1957 Tony Award, and he conducted not only at the Metropolitan and New York City Operas but also in Zurich, Rome, Zagreb, Naples, and several other European cities.