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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Callegari, Angeletti, Batatunashivili [DVD]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Madama Butterfly, available for the first time on BluRay, is the story of Cio-Cio San (called Butterfly) - a young Nagasaki geisha who, abandoned by her American lover after giving birth to their son ultimately kills herself. In this outstandingly authentic and elegant production from the Sferisterio Opera Festival, Puccini's highly emotional music is expertly delivered. The performance took place in the magnificent open-air neo-classical Arena Sferisterio built in the 1820's. The superior cast is headed by Raffaella Angeletti, "certainly one of the best Butterflies of our time" (ForumOpera.com), Massimo Pisapia as Pinkerton is "brilliant, bold and trim" (L'Opinione) and Annunziata Vestri's Suzuki " outstanding" (Rinascita).

American Record Guide
Every scene is well staged; it brought tears to my eyes when Butterfly took her son out to Sharpless - it seemed so real and natural.

MusicWeb International
Act II is remarkable for the sustained emotional intensity of the writing with Butterfly ever-present on stage. After the naive passion of Act I most actresses are more at home with the still idealistic yet more worldly-wise Butterfly.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 137 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
  • Performers: Raffaella Angeletti (Soprano); Nino Batatunashvili (Mezzo Soprano); Enrico Cossutta (Tenor); Enrico Iori (Tenor); Thomas Morris (Tenor); Massimiliano Pisapia (Tenor); Claudio Sgura (Baritone); Annunziata Vestri (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904