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Puccini: Madama Butterfly [Alexander Joel, Vincent Boussard, Christian Lacroix] [DVD] [NTSC] [2014]

Cristina Damian , Teodor Illincai    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Cristina Damian, Teodor Illincai, Lauri Vasar, Philharmoniker Hamburg, Chorus of the Staatsoper Hamburg Alexia Voulgaridou
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2014
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IKXQT04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Live from the Staatsoper Hamburg, 2012

Cio-Cio San Alexia Voulgaridou
Suzuki Cristina Damian
B.F. Pinkerton Teodor Ilincai
Sharpless Lauri Vasar

Philharmoniker Hamburg
Chorus of the Staatsoper Hamburg
Conductor Alexander Joel
Stage Director Vincent Boussard
Costume Designer Christian Lacroix

In 2012, the Hamburg State Opera presented a new production of Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly. The internationally renowned director Vincent Boussard stages the opera, collaborating with star fashion designer Christian Lacroix and set designer Vincent Lemaire. Together they succeed in bringing to life the moving tragedy of the young Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San in a stylish and sophisticated production that focuses on the title role, impressively portrayed by Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou. Subtly conducted by Alexander Joel, the dynamic cast includes Romanian Tenor Teodor Ilincai as Cio-Cio San's love interest, B.F. Pinkerton and Estonian baritone Lauri Vasar as Consul Sharpless. Madama Butterfly contains an enormous wealth of psychological poetry. Through his music, Giacomo Puccini lends his characters extremely rich and complex profiles and created an extraordinary explosive force.

DVD and Blu-ray Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC
Blu-Ray Sound Format: PCM Stereo
DVD Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, Korean
Running Time: 137 mins
FSK: 0

Product Description

ARTH 102187; ARTHAUS MUSIK - Germania; Classica Lirica

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5.0 out of 5 stars Madama Butterfly seen differently. 17 April 2014
By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a clever Butterfly for today, yet with that layer of tradition that lulls you into a sense of false security. There is no little house with a garden, which is part of the staging in the two other Butterfly's that I own. They are traditional and I like them. This staging does what any good production should do, it makes you think. Vincent Boussard, the stage director, states "Puccini manages to lend his characters very rich and complex profiles, their psychology comes from the music. For the composers obsession was for truth and poetry. To make this opera work today means generating the spark to ignite its inherent psychological potential. I wanted to make an effort not to show linear time, where there is none, and to engage with fragmentation.

"For Puccini suspends time. before letting it run a different course. He creates the conflict between Butterfly's waiting, which is beyond reality, and the process of reality itself. We do not show linear time but fragmentation. The three months with Butterfly are the only freedom that Pinkerton has experienced in his life. The child is merely an object so that others can unburden their conscience. For Butterfly the child is a reality, so she can pursue her fantasy."

You may think, how has Butterfly become that complicated. It is a simple story; a cad enters into a sham marriage, sleeps with Butterfly, gets her pregnant, then comes back with Kate and takes the child. Wait a moment, she believes in the marriage and has even become a Christian, so that Pinkerton will eventually live with her and the child. Pinkerton realizes in the end what he has done. Also,Butterfly is aged now 18, 15 when she marries him. No singer alive could sing the role at that age.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Can Madama Butterfly survive a production without the cherry blossoms, silk kimonos and bamboo houses with paper screens? If Puccini's masterpiece is strong enough to stand on its own terms without the kitsch elements, there are nonetheless certain expectations for a stage production that perhaps shouldn't be meddled with too much. Vincent Boussard finds a way to retain the essence of this imagery in a relatively minimalist fashion in this Hamburg production without losing anything of the exotic spectacle. There are however one or two interpretative twists here that not everyone will agree work well or even consider necessary.

The costumes, by Christian Lacroix, look stylised traditional with obis and big hats, although reflecting Cio-Cio-San's adoption of American ways she wears jeans and a sweatshirt for Act II. In terms of the set design itself however, this Madama Butterfly looks every bit as minimalistically oriental and yet subtly elegant as it ought to do. The set for the entire three acts is based around a spiral staircase at the centre of the stage, with only large panels behind. These however slide back to open up to the seasons and the passage of the day outside, as well as being used for off-stage locations for Madama Butterfly and Suzuki to retire to at significant points. It's very much an 'interior' design then and functional for the purposes of the work, but a subtle play of light and colour suggests other moods and situations.

If it's all about establishing the essential mood for each scene, you could say that Boussard's production is a little over-elaborate in its use of colour, but there's no doubt that the set and lighting follows and relates closely to the score.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a preview? 3 May 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This not a review but only my opinion.

It's a pity that Amazon does not give a direct link to a preview that is readily available on YouTube. Nor does it allow links in reviews or comments. Amazon does however seem to allow them in the Product Discussion Forum at the bottom of the page.

As a pre-requisite for posting this as a review I had to allocate some stars and based on the preview I can only give it 3 stars.
1 star off for the minimalist staging, 1 star off for the atrocious costuming and I should have taken another star off for the bad acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine singing in a gorgeous production with a slight twist 24 April 2014
By Keris Nine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Can Madama Butterfly survive a production without the cherry blossoms, silk kimonos and bamboo houses with paper screens? If Puccini's masterpiece is strong enough to stand on its own terms without the kitsch elements, there are nonetheless certain expectations for a stage production that perhaps shouldn't be meddled with too much. Vincent Boussard finds a way to retain the essence of this imagery in a relatively minimalist fashion in this Hamburg production without losing anything of the exotic spectacle. There are however one or two interpretative twists here that not everyone will agree work well or even consider necessary.

The costumes, by Christian Lacroix, look stylised traditional with obis and big hats, although reflecting Cio-Cio-San's adoption of American ways she wears jeans and a sweatshirt for Act II. In terms of the set design itself however, this Madama Butterfly looks every bit as minimalistically oriental and yet subtly elegant as it ought to do. The set for the entire three acts is based around a spiral staircase at the centre of the stage, with only large panels behind. These however slide back to open up to the seasons and the passage of the day outside, as well as being used for off-stage locations for Madama Butterfly and Suzuki to retire to at significant points. It's very much an 'interior' design then and functional for the purposes of the work, but a subtle play of light and colour suggests other moods and situations.

If it's all about establishing the essential mood for each scene, you could say that Boussard's production is a little over-elaborate in its use of colour, but there's no doubt that the set and lighting follows and relates closely to the score. There are rapid switches between one extreme emotion and another in Madama Butterfly, between romantic illusion and harsh reality and Puccini holds an amazing suspended tension between them. Boussard's production, mood and lighting, follows these developments very closely but it leads the director to make a few decisions that don't perhaps hold up well. One can understand how Cio-Cio-San can make a little shrine of artefacts to her delusions, but whether those should be seen as extending to their child is another matter. It's clear from the libretto that the child is real, but Boussard muddies the issue by using a large doll instead of a real child. He also takes the final scene off-stage, which is a brave decision, but there's no denying that it robs the conclusion of some of its intended emotional impact.

If the intention is to let the strength of the music and the singing speak for itself, at least the Hamburg production has some fine singers who are capable of giving the work a full and nuanced expression. It's absolutely essential that you believe in these characters that are so well written by Puccini (in spite of some stereotypes). If sung well they really come to life and they certainly work here. Freed from the usual mannerisms, Alexia Voulgaridou is able to emotionally delve into the work anew and sings wonderfully and with tremendous force. It's a riveting performance. Teodor Ilincal is a lyrical tenor in the classic mould, his B.F. Pinkerton naive and romantic rather than exploitative and insensitive. Christina Damian's Suzuki is also very fine and adds considerably to the overall quality of this production. As too does the excellent account of the work by the Hamburg Philharmonic conducted by Alexander Joel.

On Blu-ray, the video transfer is very good. It looks a little softer than most, mainly on account of the colour saturation, but the colour reproduction and the beauty of the set is impressive. There's only one audio track on this release, a PCM stereo track, but it's strong and gives a good account of the singing and the orchestration. Other than trailers, there are no extra features on the BD, but the booklet comes with an interview with Vincent Boussard that discusses his approach to the work. Region-free, subtitles on the release are in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Korean.
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