Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Filmed live on Sydney Harbour (DVD)

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Filmed live on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on April 1 and 3 2014.

World-class opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with Madama Butterfly. Puccini’s masterpiece is one of opera’s greatest tragic tales, with glorious music – including the ‘Humming Chorus’ and ‘Un bel dì’ – to match. But never before has it been so stunningly presented, with Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, brilliant fireworks illuminating the night sky and a lavish production directed by the renowned Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus).

Hiromi Omura stars as Butterfly, the Japanese girl who marries a US naval officer while he is on shore leave. With their child she waits expectantly for his return – but when his ship finally arrives, he is accompanied by his new American wife. Stricken by grief, Butterfly commits suicide, choosing to die with honour rather than live with shame. Relive the beauty and tragedy of Madama Butterfly, in all the splendour and elegance of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

‘One of the best productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly I’ve seen.’ – Limelight

This release is part of Opera Australia's 'Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour' series. Click here to view other titles in this series.

Cio-Cio-San Hiromi Omura
Suzuki Anna Yun
Pinkerton Georgy Vasiliev
Sharpless Michael Honeyman
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
The Bonze Gennadi Dubinsky
Kate Pinkerton Celeste Lazarenko
Prince Yamadori Sitiveni Talei
Commissioner Simon Meadows
Registrar Adam Player

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Stage Director Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
Set Designer Alfons Flores
Costume Designer Lluc Castells
Lighting Designer Alexander Koppelmann
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Site Designer Eamon D’Arcy

Sung in Italian with English, German and Spanish subtitles

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