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new-classics.co.uk, October 2016

This high definition Blu-ray release captures a stylish and sophisticated production of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless Japanese tragedy conducted by Alexander Joel and recorded live at the Staatsoper Hamburg in 2012. Director Vincent Boussard elicits fine acting and vocal performances from an international cast that includes the impressive Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou as doomed Cio-Cio-san, Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincăi as the selfish B. F. Pinkerton, Estonian baritone Lauri Vasar as Consul Sharpless and Cristina Damian as the faithful Suzuki. Vincent Lemaire’s simple yet ingenious set features a white spiral staircase and the beautiful costumes are by Christian Lacroix. © 2016 new-classics.co.uk



Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, September 2014

Director Vincent Boussard...has created a beautiful production, stunningly dramatic.

It’s quite a visual and musical spectacle.

Others have sung Butterfly with more vocal power and plush than Voulgaridou, but any would be hard pressed to match her intensity of interpretation and acting.

This is a Butterfly for the ages. We are also given a most intelligent, knowledgeable, astute interview with Boussard. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, June 2014

Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincăi is splendid as Pinkerton and clearly possesses the vocal skills to make him one of the leading tenors of his generation. That said, the star of the show, without doubt, is Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, who effectively projects the demeanor of the teenage Cio-Cio San. Her voice is beautiful and quite powerful and her dramatic skills are impressive…the supporting cast, with Cristina Damian as Suzuki and Lauri Vasar as Sharpless, is excellent. Moreover, conductor Alexander Joel draws splendid performances from the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera Chorus. Every other aspect about this Blu-ray disc is excellent, including the picture clarity and sound reproduction. Highly recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review





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