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Madama Butterfly: Wiener Staatsoper (Karajan) [Blu-ray] [2014]

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Product details

  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LBMWB1M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Mirelli Freni, Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, Michel Senechal, Marius Rintzler are the lead singers. Karajan conducts.

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The Blu-ray has excellent colour and sound. The Picture resolution is 1080i; the picture format is 4:3 (black bars left and right) and at times soft focussed, intentionally so, to give some sequences a dream like quality and a painterly feel. The sound though is excellent. You have a choice of PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0. Subtitles; English, German, French, Spanish Chines & Korean.

I doubt whether this 1974 film version by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle will ever be bettered.

Mirella Freni gives a heartbreaking performance as Butterfly, her singing and acting are the best I have seen from any soprano. She brings a childlike quality to the role with her movements and also the way she uses her eyes to express emotions is wonderful, watching her you almost forget that she was a 39 year old soprano playing a 15 year old Butterfly. The suicide scene is terrifyingly tense and realistic (the last act musically and dramatically really tears at you heart strings). Placido Domingo is excellent as Pinkerton although at times he makes you forget what a bastard B.F.Pinkerton really is. The supporting characters portrayed by Robert Kerns, Christa Ludwig, Michel Sénéchal are also superbly sung and acted. Herbert von Karajan, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chorus of the Vienna Staatsopera are at their usual high standard.

Deutsche Grammophon has many excellent film versions of operas in their vaults (like Götz Friedrich's 1974 Unitel film of Richard Strauss' Salome with Teresa Stratas), let's hope this is the first of many more Blu-ray releases to come.
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The singing and Orchestra no problem. It is not in wide screen and many times the quality of the picture is not as good as I would expect on Blue Ray. My comments are based on viewing it three times but not any more.

PS It is up for sale £10 00
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It's a great opera film with Mirella Freni, a very young Placido Domingo, and Herbert von Karajan conducting. The best thing: It is from a time where operas were not “modernized”.
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