Madama Butterfly (Blu-ray)

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Madama Butterfly (Blu-ray)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Conductor: Alexander Joel
Stage Director: Vincent Boussard
Alexia Voulgaridou
Cristina Damian
Teodor Ilincai
Lauri Vasar
Orchestra: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Label: Arthaus Musik
Language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Korean
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
Region: Worldwide
Run Time: 137 minutes

Director Vincent Boussard staged this 2012 Hamburg State Opera production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, collaborating with fashion designer Christian Lacroix and set designer Vincent Lemaire for this stylish new production. Alexander Joel conducts a superb cast including soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, tenor Teodor Ilincai, and baritone Lauri Vasar.

“Impressive both as an actress and a singer, Alexia Voulgaridou has the strongest impact on this consistently musical and sophisticated production. ... a great experience even for newcomers.” - Hamburger Abendblatt

 “ …performances by the singers, orchestra and chorus are good to outstanding, and the Vincent Boussard production is quite compelling…” - Classic Net


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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