The Royal Opera House

Puccini: Madama Butterfly Blu-ray (Vienna Philharmonic)

In his sumptuous filming of Puccini's opera, directer Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses an array of cinematic effects (including a memorable dream sequence) to evoke the protagonists' irreconcilably separate lives and worlds. As Butterfly, Mirella Freni is unbearably moving in one of the finest performances of her career, while Plácido Domingo makes Lt. Pinkerton a more sympathetic figure then usual.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Pinkerton: Plácido Domingo
Goro: Michel Sénéchal
Suzuki: Christa Ludwig
Sharpless: Robert Kerns
Cio-Cio-San: Mirella Freni
Lo zio Bonzo: Marius Rintzler
Il Principle Yamadori: Giorgio Stendoro
Kate Pinkerton: Elke Schary

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master: Norbert Balatsch
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Staged, Directed aand Designed: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Director of Photography: Wolfgang Treu 

Picture: 1080i HD / 4:3 
Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 147 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CH/KO
Year: 1974