An American lieutenant marries a beautiful young geisha, to the dismay of her family. Shortly after the wedding the lieutenant departs for America, and his wife bears him a child, alone.
Three years later she excitedly awaits his return, only to find to her shock and despair, that he is returning with an American wife.
With a heart-rending love story and a brilliant score, Madama Butterfly is one of the most beloved opera classics. '(Cheryl Barker) broke through the sound barrier that divides fine soprano from world star'
'Future casts have a lot to live up to.' The Australian
'Above all, the coup de theatre is the brilliantly coloured costumes...in the love duet, the sky blazes with millions of starts, lighted candles float on water.' The Bulletin
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Director: Moffatt Oxenbould
* Featuring: Cheryl Barker
* Jay Hunter Morris
* Douglas McNicol
* Ingrid Silveus
* Opera Australia
* Chorus Australian Opera And Ballet Orchestra
This autobiographical film about the most important and influential composer of the 20th century includes documents, photographs and film never seen publicly before. Stravinsky's three surviving children talk about their father and there are contributions from the late Madame Vera Stravinsky, his musical associate Robert Craft, Marie Rambert, Balanchine, Jean Cocteau, Diaghilev's secretary, Kyra Nijinsky, Nadia Boulanger and many friends and colleagues. Included in the film are important performances: Les Noces, heard here for the first time in its original scoring, and Petroushka, specially recreated for the film by the Bolshoi in its 1911 choreography. Finally, there is priceless film of Stravinsky himself in this unique portrait.
A wholly wonderful film... much of this portrait is like a miraculous image, filled with the sense of Stravinsky as man and musician, above all as Russian and believer.
-Paul Griffiths, The Times
All the virtues of the film seemed to stem from Stravinsky himself ? and no higher tribute could be paid to the technical virtuosity of Palmer's film, which achieved miracles of compression, lucidity and respect.-The Financial Times
An extraordinary portrait ? this superb British documentary provided an excellent, thorough overview of Stravinsky and his music.
-The New York Times