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Madama Butterfly - Live in HD (DVD)
Patricia Racette sings the title role in Anthony Minghella's stunning production, a new classic of the Met repertory, opposite Marcello Giordani.
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 1/25/11
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Production: Anthony Minghella
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks
Puccini’s original version of Madama Butterfly premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1904. The composer was inspired to write an opera about a tragic love between a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer after seeing David Belasco’s play by the same name performed in London in June 1900. Puccini’s score includes many Japanese folk melodies, and is one of his most sweeping and sophisticated. It remains one of the world’s most popular operas.
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