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.
by Nathan Southern synopsis