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Puccini: Madama Butterfly [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Fondatione Orchestra Regionale Delle Marche, Angeletti, Batatunashvili, Vestri, Pier Luigi Pizzi
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YHBAJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, continues to impress audiences today. In this oustandingly authentic and elegant production from the Sferisterio Opera Festival, Puccini's highly emotional music is expertly delivered. The superior cast is headed by Raffaella Angeltti, "certainly one of the best Butterflies of our time" (ForumOpera.com), who has performed this role in many Italian theatres, as well as in Madrid and at the Vienna Staatsoper.

Review

An excellent production with the emotion that great actors can convey when they are well directed --ForumOpera.com

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By peoples Bill on 26 May 2012
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This is such a wonderful presentation of Madam Butterfly. Yes, the vocal performances and the acting are well above par and that would be worth buying the disc for that alone but a special mention must be made about the DESIGN of the production; the use of puppetry is incredibly original - not only that but the set design and the movement of the cast on and off stage warrants high praise. Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on 21 July 2011
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I would have paid very gladly to go see this for the original performance, and even bought this blu ray subsequently, had I been seated, say, 15 rows away from the stage and the orchestra. I have nothing to complain about the quality of the recording, its crystal clear resolution and the performance from the players. Very good sets, the costumes though tacky, are passable and the ambiance created on stage is lovely. Introduction of the ballet before last scene was actually quite pleasant and innovative.

What spoils this production is the clarity of the blu ray!!!!

This medium is for people to enjoy in their living rooms with close ups unimaginable in the hall, and the freedom to see and listen to the disc or parts of it repeatedly. It is a pure visual experience which has to be chosen with some sensitivity to its viewing public as well as the visual experience itself. Otherwise, a well recorded CD would do the job superbly.

Angeletti is certainly qualified and gives a mature display of her talents, but unfortunately in this blu ray, she looks closer to 50 than 15. That itself is a put-off...thoroughly unconvincing to say the least to a blu ray viewer. She would be and will be magnificent on the stage any day, even today to those sitting beyond 15 rows in the theater. But don't 'shoot' her for close-ups please.

All the others do their job quite very well, but the above factor by itself makes one want to switch off the screen and listen to the performance rather than view it.

The make-up is shoddy to say the least, and makes the girls look as though the talcum-powder ran out midway through the process.

A GOOD PERFORMANCE DOTH NOT A GOOD BLU-RAY MAKE, is my verdict on this. I would any day go back to the Freni/Domingo/Karajan or the Ling Huang/Troxel movie (which is visually pleasing indeed), whenever I wish to see this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By crummocklass on 14 July 2013
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I saw this production in London in 2006 at the National Opera House. It was nothing like I expected it to be, but I was far from disappointed! The rear part of the stage was a mirror which was tilted, so one could see behind as well as in front. Everything Minghella used in this production was in traditional Japanese art form, it was mind blowing. The costumes were simply stunning, they looked like traditional Japanese paintings as the figures stood singing! The use of a puppet instead of a real child was utterly superb! It was difficult to realise that it was a puppet and not a real child. The flow of "blood" at the end from Butterfly, eminated from her blood red Obi, it unravelled like a flow of blood. How they did that I cannot imagine. The whole production was simply superb, from the singing, to the costumes,the fan dance and the puppetry, the list is endless. During the final curtain bow for Butterfly, the puppet ran on stage and leapt into her arms, just like a real child would run to its mother, it brought the house down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2014
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This production has too many flaws for it to be a best Butterfly. Although Massimiliano Pisapia sings the role of Pinkerton well enough, his performance lacks conviction. Why would Cio-Cio-San (Madam Butterfly) ever fall in love with such a lacklustre character? As for Raffaella Angeletti being too old for the role of Madame Butterfly, it's simply not practical for a very young woman to sing this part, or, for that matter, most roles, simply because it takes years to train the voice up to the required standards. A promising young female voice can be ruined by forcing it into demanding lead roles before it has had time to mature properly. The best performances are given by the singer-actors who manage to convince the viewer-listener of the reality of the part. For instance, we might ask: Is this Madam Butterfly or is it someone pretending to be her? Age considerations aside, I found Raffaella Angeletti more convincing as Butterfly than Pisapia was as Lieutenant Pinkerton.

All of this is a great shame because the staging is particularly evocative of the time and place of the action. I thought Annunziata Vestri well suited to the role of Suzuki and Claudio Sgura was ideal for the role of the consul Sharpless. Unfortunately, the whole performance is like an albatross running hard in an attempt to take off, which it never quite achieves by the time it reaches the cliff edge, represented here by the final curtain. Although I think many viewers will enjoy this production, I also think it has to be helpful to point out any drawbacks that one might observe in it. Opinions differ and some people reading this might very well ask: 'Whatever is this old fool talking about? I shall mark him down as unhelpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2011
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I know it's one of the most performed and most popular crowd-pleasers in the opera repertoire, but so perfect an opera is Madama Butterfly, that it doesn't need any modern revisionism or high concept staging, since it already works on multiple levels. If you just want it to see it as a straightforward clash between Japanese and American culture that inevitably results in tragedy, then that's more than enough for it to work successfully. There are however other clashes, divisions and incompatibilities brought out in the opera - from the division of imperialism and isolationism, destiny or self-determination, modernity versus tradition to simply the clash of ideals between men and women in respect of what each of them hope to gain from a relationship. All these ideas exist in Madama Butterfly, and some of them can be tweaked for emphasis in individual productions, but they are all there to be drawn out by the listener in even the most basic of stagings.

Directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, this production for the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata in 2009 isn't exactly basic, but it is fairly traditional, aiming for a stylised Japanese setting with silk kimonos, bamboo and paper houses on wooden struts and a cherry tree in bloom. Puccini's Madama Butterfly can bear such idealism, since in many respects, there is an unrealistic idealism in the minds of the two main protagonists, the American sailor B.F. Pinkerton and the young 15 year-old Japanese bride he has bought, Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly - both clearly have different ideas about what they expect to gain out of this arrangement.
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