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Madama Butterfly

VHS
143 minutes
M1500 .P83 M331 1998

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

This exquisite and highly-acclaimed production of Puccini's masterpiece from La Scala is predominantly Asian. The Japanese director, Keita Asari, has not only cast two of the Far East's leading singers in Puccini's coveted female roles, but has also collaborated with Japanese specialists on lighting, choreography and design. The result is a uniquely stylized and authentic staging, subdued like a Japanese ink-painting with white paper screens, a Japanese garden consisting only of rocks and sand, and Cio-Cio-San's wooden house which is still being built in full view of the audience as the curtain rises.

The internationally renowned Japanese soprano, Yasuko Hayashi, sings the title role, with Hak-Nam Kim as Suzuki and Peter Dvorsky as Lieutenant Pinkerton, the American naval officer who deserts his Japanese wife. Giorgio Zancanaro sings Sharpless, the American Consul. Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan.

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