Puccini: Madama Butterfly

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Anthony Minghella’s stunning production was seen by thousands of people around the world and was originally broadcast March 7, 2009 as part of the Peabody and Emmy Award®-winning Live in HD transmissions to movie theaters. Patricia Racette is Cio-Cio-San, Marcello Giordani is American Navy lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, Maria Zifchak is Suzuki and Dwayne Croft is Sharpless. Patrick Summers conducts the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus.

Product Details

  • Actors: Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft, Patrick Summers
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella, Carolyn Choa, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Giacomo Puccini, Giacosa & Illica
  • Producers: Peter Gelb, The Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Classical
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • ASIN: B004ECFW7Q

Customer Reviews


One person found this helpful.
 on August 30, 2014
By Irwin Tallarico
a great new production, the director, sadly died young, brought a new perspective to the drama and the use of the puppet was astonishing. Puccinil did not compose the leading role for a real 15 year old. The music could only be sung by a mature woman whose voice could handle the difficult arias and subtle darkness.

Five Stars

 on October 16, 2017
By Hans Joergen Green

racette and minghella are brilliant

5 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2011
By R. Ramon
I saw the summer re-run of Madame Butterfly, having unfortunately missed the original HD broadcast. It was actually rather nice that they did away with the original intermission(s), as this helped maintain the dramatic flow of the evening. Minghella was such an intelligent, thoughtful and poetic director, one of my favorites, and I eagerly looked forward to his production. He did not disappoint. His stagecraft, and what has been referred to as “minimalist” style, were potent without being either over- or under-done and made excellent use of the space on stage. The beautiful and vibrant costuming also added much to his visual style. I liked his use of the smooth-moving screens and also the lanterns. I thought his use of a puppet for Butterfly’s son was brilliant. The puppeteers expertly gave him fine nuance and gesture and succeeded in creating a credible and dramatic performance. Some reviewers said the black-clad figures operating him were a distraction, but one must remember that opera is a distance medium; it’s not likely a viewer in the audience (especially in the cavernous Met) would have noticed their movements nearly as much as the closeup view given by the camera on the lip of the stage gave. I found it amazing that the inanimate face of the puppet almost seemed to take on different expressions according to the subtle movements of his head and neck, in harmony with the rest of his body. It was mesmerizing.

Gorgeous production, singing and acting.

One person found this helpful.
 on November 17, 2013
By operamarty
One of the best productions of this beloved opera on DVD. I saw it at the theater and loved it enough to finally buy the DVD and loved it all over again. Racette at her very best and Giordani is OK too. The production is the star – it is just beautiful! This is a keeper along with Domingo and Freni version.

Great production

One person found this helpful.
 on October 22, 2013
By W. W. Spielmann
The story of opera is emotion and this production is all emotion. The sets are great. Normally Butterfly sets are a Japanese house and garden but not in this production. The sets are simple but add to the story. Each time you watch it the production gets better, I just finished the third viewing.

very good production but the video quality is lacking

 on May 18, 2016
By poolman
very good production but the video quality is lacking. Technology has really advanced so better production quality of the live performance. Singers were excelent

A Believable Madama Butterfly

One person found this helpful.
 on July 6, 2013
By Dr. Cynthia B. Hale
This recent Metropolitan Opera production of Madama Butterfly is stunning and beautiful in every respect. The sparse sets recall the reality of traditional Japanese homes. Patricia Racette’s rendition in the title role is deeply tender, touching and believable. I give it a five star rating.

Butterfly puppets

One person found this helpful.
 on August 29, 2011
By Oliver Frick
All other reviews have adequately expressed my opinion. I loved the production and the singers. My only comment is about the puppet. I didn’t mind that it was a puppet, but that it looked too much like a Japanese boy. Of course, that was what it was supposed to be but shouldn’t it (he) have looked more like his mother and father? Or at least a little like the singers playing the parents.

Five Stars

 on October 2, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This DVD has brought hours of delight at my home. I am so glad I ordered it!

Five Stars

 on November 5, 2016
By Fred B. Gonzales
If your opera lover I recommend this film. Very innovative

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