Puccini’s perennial audience favourite broadcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Leading soprano Hui He takes the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her and baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, the United States consul at Nagasaki. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production of Giacomo Puccini’s perennial audience favourite.
Puccini achieved a new level of sophistication with his use of the orchestra in this score, with subtle colourings and sonorities throughout. But the opera rests squarely on the performer of the title role: On stage for most of the time, Cio-Cio-San is the only character that experiences true (and tragic) development. The singer must convey an astounding array of emotions and characteristics, from ethereal to fleshly to intelligent to dreamy-bordering-on-insane, to resigned in the final scene.
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera.
Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
A HD Live screening from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.