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Puccini: Madama Butterfly DVD (The Royal Opera)

As the young Japanese girl cruelly abandoned by an American naval officer, Ermonela Jaho caused a sensation with her Covent Garden performances of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s tragedy Madama Butterfly. Wonderfully, one of these performances was preserved for posterity and, originally aired in cinemas in 2017, it's now available on DVD on Blu-ray. In tandem with a fabulous cast that also included Marcelo Puente as the callous Pinkerton, Antonio Pappano - renowned for his interpretations of Puccini - conducted the exceptional Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Powerful performances by everyone concerned show why Madama Butterfly remains one of the all-time operatic favourites.

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Cio-Cio San: Ermonela Jaho
Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton: Marcelo Puente
Goro: Carlo Bosi
Sharpless: Scott Hendricks
Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong
Bonze: Jeremy White
Kate Pinkerton: Emily Edmonds
Imperial Commissioner: Gyula Nagy
Prince Yamadori: Yuriy Yurchuk

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of The Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Stage Director: Moshe Leiser/ Patrice Caurier

Picture: 16:9
Sound format: DD 2.0, DTS 5.1
Format: NTSC
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA/KO
Running time: 149 minutes
Year: 2017


"Pack extra handkerchiefs for these performances." Financial Times

"The whole evening is, in fact, outstanding. Ermonela Jaho, one of the great verismo interpreters, brings uncompromising veracity to the title role, and the combination of vulnerability and torrential emotion just tears you in two." The Guardian

"Ermonela Jaho. The Albanian soprano is one of the great singing actresses of our time. Her Suor Angelica (in Puccini’s Il trittico) ripped London audiences – and Jaho herself – to shreds. Her portrayal of the tragic Cio-Cio-San is no less moving... Her suicide is devastating, flapping her ‘wings’ in her death throes set before a giant branch of weeping cherry blossoms, and had me in pieces, both in the house and here on screen." Gramophone

"Jaho alternates between vulnerability and feistiness, at times suggesting the fragility of a bunraku puppet with her body language. Her great duet with Puente cries to the heavens, and her long solo in which hope contends with fear has us hanging on every bar. She is the best Madama B that London has seen in years." The Independent

Awards

DVD/Blu-ray of the month: Gramophone Magazine, December 2018

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Caroline
Utterly incredible

Outstanding performances. Without doubt, the best version. Incredible cast and musicians.

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Chika
I haven't seen it, but I saw the actual show on the day, all audience around me said it was the b...

The lady sitting next to me said she saw 20 different butterflies, but this was the best one. I only saw this version, but it was the best show I've seen in ROH for the last 5-6 years. It was so touching and emotional. I'd love to keep this as DVD to revisit at home.

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Caroline
Utterly incredible

Outstanding performances. Without doubt, the best version. Incredible cast and musicians.

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Chika
I haven't seen it, but I saw the actual show on the day, all audience around me said it was the b...

The lady sitting next to me said she saw 20 different butterflies, but this was the best one. I only saw this version, but it was the best show I've seen in ROH for the last 5-6 years. It was so touching and emotional. I'd love to keep this as DVD to revisit at home.