Episode Info

The Metropolitan Opera's 2009 production of Giacomo Puccini's 1904 +Madama Butterfly appears in full in this release. With a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, the cast includes Marcello Giordani as Pinkerton, Greg Fedderly as Goro, Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. The late Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) mounted the production, with Carolyn Choa directing and choreographing; Michael Levine created the sets; and Han Feng designed the costumes. The opera also features puppetry by The Blind Summit Theatre, Mark Down and Nick Barnes; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet lend support under the baton of Patrick Summers, with Donald Palumbo serving as chorus master.


Patricia Racette
as Cio-Cio San
Marcello Giordani
as Pinkerton
Maria Zifchak
as Suzuki
Patricia Racette
as Cio-Cio-San
Laura Fries
as Cio-Cio-San's Cousin
Linda Mats
as Cio-Cio-San's Mother
Stephen Paynter
as Cio-Cio-San's Uncle Yakuside
Jean Braham
as Cio-Cio-San's Aunt
Keith Miller
as Imperial Commissioner
Christian Jeong
as The Registrar
Dean Peterson
as The Bonze, Cio-Cio-San's Uncle
David Won
as Yamadori
Edyta Kulczak
as Kate Pinkerton
Kevin Augustine
as Cio-Cio-San's Child
Tommy H. Lee
as Cio-Cio-San's Child
Marc Petrosini
as Cio-Cio-San's Child
Hsin Chang
as Ballet Female Solo
James Graber
as Ballet Male Solo
Dwayne Croft
as Sharpless
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