Puccini: Madama Butterfly (the complete opera staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle)

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GIACOMO PUCCINI
Puccini: Madama Butterfly (the complete opera staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle)
Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig / The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan (cond)

[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / DVD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 19 April 2005

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

"Magical in its evocation of Puccini's most atmospheric score...Freni [is] as tenderly appealing to see as to hear...[Domingo sings] with similar fervour, responding to the inspired stage direction of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle to make this cad of a hero more complex than usual...The sound is full and atmospheric."
(Penguin Guide)

G

Puccini's tragedy of love betrayed by misunderstanding remains as haunting as ever. In Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's imaginative film, the great Italian soprano Mirella Freni is the innocent Japanese geisha, Cio-cio-san, while her thoughtless if well-meaning American lover is powerfully portrayed by Placido Domingo.

Butterfly - Mirella Freni
Pinkerton - Placido Domingo
Suzuki - Christa Ludwig
Sharpless - Robert Kerns
Goro - Michel Senechal

Staged, directed and designed by
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle