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Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, October 2019

PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (NTSC) OA1167D
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7166D

Moldovan soprano Olga Busuioc, a pupil of Mirella Freni, sings well, with ample tone, her interpretation having grown during the run at Glyndebourne. Joshua Guerrero comes across well vocally as Pinkerton… The finest singer here is Elizabeth DeShong as a sincere, affecting Suzuki, her plum tones ripe and round. Omer Meir Wellber conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a similarly ripe performance, alert and dramatic to Puccini’s score, but never overwhelming his singers. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, August 2019

The key players mentioned in my header, Joshua Guerrero as Pinkerton, Carlo Bosi as Goro, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Michael Sumuel as Sharpless and Olga Busuioc as Butterfly herself, are all marvellous. It is unfair to pick any of them out, but I have to mention especially Michael Sumuel who reacts to every stage of this dreadful story with growing horror and concern. His is a heartbreakingly fine portrayal of a sensitive man unable to change the course of events which he knows spell doom for Cio-Cio-San. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lark Reviews, August 2019

PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (NTSC) OA1167D
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7166D

Throughout the score is driven by Omer Meir Wellber with a fierce intensity and lack of sentimentality which is always engaging. The singing is splendid and I particularly liked Michael Sumuel’s world-weary Sharpless.

Very well worth investing in, even if you have more than one Butterfly already. © 2019 Lark Reviews Read complete review



Lark Reviews, July 2019

PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (NTSC) OA1167D
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7166D

This is a captivating and very moving account which avoids gimmicks and yet brings us a fresh and disturbing vision of the world American Imperialism.

Omer Meir Wellber’s conducting is whole-hearted, extrovert and totally engaging. I didn’t see this live in the house and now wish very much that I had done so! © 2019 Lark Reviews Read complete review





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