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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best opera videos you can get, January 27, 2011
This review is from: Puccini: Madama Butterfly (DVD)
This is one of those opera videos that works on all levels, and because it is very hard to achieve that with this particular opera, and also because this is a very touching piece when delivered well as it is here, I highly recommend the video.

Butterfly is supposed to be small but her voice must be largish, so it's always a bit of a trick to get this opera to both look and sound right. Patricia Racette is wonderful as Butterfly. Her voice is easy to hear with a nice squillo - she never sounds pushed or fatigued all the way to the end. She is strong throughout all her registers. She looks small enough and her costumes help in adding a small look to her. The Suzuki, Maria Zifchak, is wonderful. Giordani as Pinkerton is in good voice, and he strikes a very handsome officer. Croft is in good enough voice to execute Sharpless without problem.

The puppets are wonderful. You generally have a real little boy playing the child and he's usually a bit out of place because there is quite a bit of stage-time but nothing for him to do as he is never a trained actor. But these skilled puppeteers have the little boy moving about displaying emotions by the movement of the puppet's body that is completely enchanting, and the child's emotions add rather than detract from the drama.

The second puppet is a representation of Butterfly dancing with a real human dancer representing Pinkerton in a short ballet. (Yes, the puppets are so charming, they can make a ballet in an opera seem too short. Hopefully, the 'Butterfly' puppet will get larger roles as her career blossoms. ;0) )

The sets are nice and so are the costumes. Butterfly and Pinkerton could not be made to look better. The costumes completely compliment all the main singers. It's just a great show, but be prepared to shed a tear or two.
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2013 7:53:14 AM PST
T. Thompson says:
Nice review, and I agree. In my review of this production I also pointed out the ballet scene with the Butterfly puppet. It was amazingly well done. This is a stunning production all around.
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