- Claudio Sgura (Baritone)
- Annunziata Vestri (Mezzo Soprano)
- Raffaella Angeletti (Soprano)
- Nino Batatunashvili (Mezzo Soprano)
- Enrico Cossutta (Tenor)
- Enrico Iori (Tenor)
- Thomas Morris (Tenor)
- Massimiliano Pisapia (Tenor)
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).
The singing and orchestral sound is clear and well balanced with the audience applause muted by their distance from the stage action in this open-air performance. The picture definition is first class.
... Raffaella Angeletti sings as well as Racette and is nearly as dramatically compelling. Angeletti has a rather chameleonic voice too. In fact, at times she seems to have three voices: in the Act II aria Un bel di, vedremo, she sings with an angelic voice in the opening high notes, and then descends to her creamier more normal sound, but occasionally reverts to a huskier voice in the lower ranges. In the end, she is a very convincing Butterfly, both vocally and dramatically. Massimiliano Pisapia is a fine Pinkerton, and both he and Angeletti offer a splendid Vogliatemi bene to close out the opening act.
The supporting roles were also strong in this production: both Annunziata Vestri as Suzuki and Claudio Sgura as Sharpless were excellent... The rest of the cast was fine and the sets and costuming by Pier Luigi Pizzi were convincing in their traditional appearance. Danielle Callegari leads the orchestra and chorus with a masterly hand... The camera work and sound were excellent. This production recorded in the open-air stadium at the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata, Italy must be counted a major contribution to the growing video discography of this Puccini masterpiece. Recommended.
Run Time: 137 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese
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Works DetailsPuccini, 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