Puccini: Madama Butterfly (DVD) – Olga Busuioc, Joshua Guerrero

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (DVD) – Olga Busuioc, Joshua Guerrero

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Olga Busuioc, Joshua Guerrero, Michael Sumuel, Elizabeth Deshong, The Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Director: Annilese Miskimmon
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2019
Run Time: 143 minutes; plus 8 minutes bonus material

Olga Busuioc’s “performance of sustained dramatic intensity and vocal brilliance... brings direction and shape to the Miskimmon concept” (The Arts Desk), in a Festival-premiere Butterfly revived from the 2016 tour. The Guardian lauds her reading’s “perception of clarity... dispassionate... yet full of heart... sensuously and expertly played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the eagerly responsive baton of Omer Meir Wellber,” with praise for Guerrero’s Pinkerton, “sung with soaring, willful, preening grace” and a Sharpless “richly and sympathetically portrayed by Michael Sumuel.”

The Telegraph praises Elizabeth DeShong’s Suzuki as “more striking - a rock of sanity and compassion, with a voice of superb authority,” and says, “the chorus under its new master Nicholas Jenkins sounded luminous in its humming serenade.”



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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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