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PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly (DNO, 2003) (NTSC)




PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly (DNO, 2003) (NTSC)

Puccini (1858–1924) MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Cheryl Barker, Martin Thompson, Catherine Keen
Richard Stilwell, Anneleen Bijnen, Peter Blanchet
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera / Edo de Waart
Stage Director Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson’s pure and highly stylised 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini’s moving Japanese tragedy. Cheryl Barker and Martin Thompson lead an inspired cast in a highly charged recording from the Amsterdam Muziektheater with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by a masterful and passionate Edo de Waart.

Running Time: 169 mins
Region Code: All regions
Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Menu Languages: EN
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

Cat. No: OA 0937 D (NTSC)


Illustrated Synopsis and Cast Gallery
Introduction to the Opera including interviews with Robert Wilson, Edo De Waart and the cast


  • Advertised in Gramophone, Classic fM, Opera, Opera Now and BBC Music Magazine
  • New production, filmed live at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 2003
  • DTS Surround Sound


‘Wilson creates a superbly beautiful Butterfly. Once again, Wilson's incredible lighting takes a solo role. …Puccini's Butterfly has seldom sounded so refined and so perfect as under Edo de Waart; the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra play outstandingly for him. The vocal performances are no less impressive…’ -- Algemeen Dagblad, NL

‘Wilson's stage images are minimalist in nature and as aesthetic as always; here they are in perfect accord with the usual Japanese principles of style and form. The abstract, serene and intensely subtle basis of the scenic, vocal and musical performances turns this Japanese-Italian-American Madama Butterfly into a variant on Greek tragedy with an inevitable end.’ -- NRC Handelsblad, NL

Puccini, Giacomo

Giacosa, Giuseppe; Illica, Luigi

de Waart, Edo

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Netherlands Opera Chorus

Barker, Cheryl; Bijnen, Anneleen; Blanchet, Peter; Driessen, Bart; Halteren, John van; Keen, Catherine; Miletic, Vesna; Mogaki, Hiroko; Saciuk, Andrzej; Scheepers, Janine; Smeets, Roger; Stilwell, Richard; Teeuwen, Harry; Thompson, Martin

Label: Opus Arte

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: OA0937D

Barcode: 809478009375

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Release Date: 10/2005

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