Puccini: Madama Butterfly (DVD) – Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (DVD) – Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Robert Kerns, Christa Ludwig, Elke Schary, Marius Rintzler, Michel Sénéchal, Giorgio Stendoro, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
Run Time: 145 minutes

The pathos of this heart-rending story about a sweet-natured Japanese girl and the caddish American naval lieutenant who marries and then deserts her has seldom been conveyed with such emotional directness. In his sumptuous filming of Puccini’s opera, director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses an array of cinematic effects (including a memorable dream sequence) to evoke the protagonists’ irreconcilably separate lives and worlds. As Butterfly, Mirella Freni is unbearably moving in one of the finest performances of her career, while Plácido Domingo makes Lt. Pinkerton a more sympathetic figure than usual.



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History

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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