- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 11, 2001
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Puccini's classic tragic opera is performed by a talented cast which includes Yasuko Hayashi, Hak-Nak Kim, Peter Dvorsky, and Giorgio Zancanaro. The acclaimed Lorin Maazel conducts, with the chorus and orchestra of Milan's world-renowned Teatro Alla Scala providing lush, gorgeous accompaniment.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Madama Butterfly is one of the most-performed stage works in the world and is considered the pivotal opera of Puccini's career. This exquisite and highly acclaimed production from La Scala presents the tragic tale of a woman's relentless struggle within a traditionally conformist society and a loveless marriage. Japanese director Keita Asari cast two of the Far East's leading singers in the coveted female roles and collaborated with Japanese specialists on lighting, choreography and design. The result is a uniquely stylized and authentic production, subdued like an Oriental watercolor on a silk canvas, beautifully bringing to life Madama Butterfly's metamorphosis. Lorin Maazel conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Alla Scala, Milan.