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Snobs strut their stuff,
This review is from: Madama Butterfly [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is one of Giacomo Puccini's most popular operas. This was a taken from John Luther Long's novella about the relationship between an American navel officer and a former geisha.
I normally appreciate the subtle differences in different presentations of this story. However this particular one (in Verona in 1983) grated on me as the characters were played by stuffy snobs that mostly walked through the story.
However the scenery was excellent and they had the space to do more with props. Also the music was up to par. I also felt that I was sitting in then outdoor audience.
Even though I know the story it was still good to have fairly accurate subtitles that kept up with the action.
Bulgaria born Raina Kabaivanska has plaid parts in several made for TV operas.