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Puccini: Madama Butterfly -- La Scala/Maazel [DVD]


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  • Actors: Yasuko Hayashi, Hak-Nam Kim, La Scala Theatre Orchestra, Lorin Maazel
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, French, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2000
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541XZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A predominantly Oriental version of Puccini's opera, with internationally renowned soprano Yasuko Hayashi as Cio-Cio-San and Hak-Nam Kim as Suzuki her servant.

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This 1986 production of Madama Butterfly strives, with its Japanese director and designer, for authenticity in the Japanese setting, yet is somehow entirely Italian at the same time. Yasuko Hayashi's Cio-Cio-San is surprisingly tough, rejecting the arguments of her uncle and the marriage broker with more anger than usual, and her suicide is as much a moral statement of integrity as a sentimental gesture. Accordingly, Dvorsky's sexually magnetic Pinkerton is even less sympathetic--you can see what she sees in him, but he is arrogant and a user, except when he is being lyrical--and Zancanaro's Sharpless, the consul who expedites Pinkerton's betrayal of his wife but develops his own compassion for her, is all the more complex and interesting. The production has real charm as well as authenticity on its side; the staging of the love duet is impressive in its use of shadow and delicate light. Maazel's interpretation has a forceful energy that the recording impressively conveys. --Roz Kaveney

On the DVD: The DVD has scene selection, and subtitles in German, French and English; the menu adds Spanish.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Markham on 15 Nov. 2010
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This is the most authentically Japanese stage production of Madam Butterfly which is available. It was filmed at La Scala, Milan in 1986 and stars the Japanese soprano Yasuko Hayashi as Madam Butterfly. The production was staged by the Japanese director Keita Asari and the set, costumes and lighting were all designed by Japanese experts. Suzuki is played by the Korean mezzo-soprano Hak-Nam Kim. The result is highly successful and the most visually authentic presentation of one of Puccini's greatest materpieces.

Musically the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Alla Scala are conducted by Lorin Maazel and produce outstanding results. The soloists are all excellent. The Italian baritone Giorgio Zancanaro gives a marvellously detailed and perceptive performance as the American consul Sharpless. The Czech tenor Peter Dvorsky has all the power and upper range quality required in the role of Pinkerton. He, like the two female soloists, has a very slight roughness at times but this is not out of place with his character. Yasuko Hayashi is excellent as Cio Cio San. She is not believably 15 but of course in all other respects she looks and most importantly moves right to give one of the finest dramatic portrayals of Butterfly that I have ever seen. Vocally she is very powerful, slightly rougher than someone like Freni would be in the role but giving a strength to the character that is surprising but welcome in the latter stages of the drama. Hak-Nam Kim is also sometimes a little rough vocally but she absolutely looks right and moves correctly and has an excellent lower register. This is, therefore, not the finest vocal performance I have ever heard but it is still very good indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BoskoG on 5 April 2012
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Overall very enjoyable but let down by variable sound:
Picture quality 4
Sound 2 - variable
Sets 5
Storytelling 5
Music making 4
Singing 5
Acting 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hirondelle on 3 Feb. 2012
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Very beautiful production with an authentic Japanese feel to the stage. Although I wasn't blown away by the singing, it was good enough for me to enjoy the whole opera. I would recommend it.
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This is well designed and looks beautiful. The Japanese ladies playing suzuki and Md B do well
but sometimes the role just gets beyond the vocal resources of the leading lady. I found the Suzuki
more convincing but eve she had some strange intonation problems with parts of the role.
Giorgio Zannacaro and Peter Dvorsky lend weight and power to the two male leads

Direction bases self on Japanese Noh theatre techniques using mased grey and black figures to move
and manipulate the set and props as if invisble . this is very effective at the end.

Of course it goes without saying that the moves of butterfly and suzuki were suitably oriental and therefore gave them a head start on western tacklers of the roles.

The Child really was annoying as it didnt stand still or interact with its stage mother which of course is hard for such a young child, and so therefore the end lost a little of its power because of this
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KELIDO on 7 Feb. 2014
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I ordered this as a replacement for a VHS copy we have had for sometime.The delivery was very fast ,quality superb and delighted with purchase
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