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Madama Butterfly

142 min
M1500 .P68 P83 2000 Disc 2 DVD

Opera in two acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is one of the most-performed stage works in the world and is considered the pivotal opera of Puccini's career. This exquisite and highly acclaimed production from La Scala presents the tragic tale of a woman's relentless struggle within a traditionally conformist society and a loveless marriage. Japanese director Keita Asari cast two of the Far East's leading singers in the coveted female roles and collaborated with Japanese specialists on lighting, choreography and design. The result is a uniquely stylized and authentic production, subdued like an Oriental watercolor on a silk canvas, beautifully bringing to life Madama Butterfly's metamorphosis.

Performers: Yasuko Hayashi (Madama Butterfly) ; Hak-Nam Kim (Suzuki) ; Peter Dvorsky (Pinkerton) ; Giorgio Zancanaro (Sharpless) ; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan ; Giulio Bertola, chorus master ; Lorin Maazel, conductor.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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