Going west for a change

Galina Gorchakova made her first appearance as the title character of the Metropolitan Opera's Madama Butterfly in January under a parasol hung with what looked like mosquito netting. Tall and robust, she nonetheless managed, with a little tilt of the head, a smile, to give an impression of shy eagerness, of a woman ready to leave her own culture behind, to give herself entirely in love. And when she began to sing, the emontional depths of Cio-Cio-San could be heard in the amazing, dark richness of her body vibrate with possibillities. In her first meeting with the cad Pinkerton, its sound was soft and contained, yet resonant enough to fill the house.

 

In Touch With...Galina Gorchakova

Soprano Galina Gorchakova made her unforgettable Western debut in the role of Renata ( Fiery Angel ) at the 1991 BBC Promenade Concerts to world-wide acclaim and made her Covern Garden debut in the same role in 1992. Since then she has appeared in opera and concert in the most important musical centers of the world.