Synopsis by Mark Deming
The Teatro Alla Scala of Milan sought to give an authentic Eastern flavor to their 1987 production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the classic story of a tragic love affair between an American sailor and a Japanese maiden. With this in mind, Keita Asari was commissioned in to direct, and he brought with him two of the most gifted vocalists in the Asian opera community, Yasuko Hayashi and Hak-Nam Kim. The result was a spectacular presentation which combined the subtle visual motifs of classic Japanese art with a musical approach that merged the best of East and West, and this video records this special presentation of Madama Butterfly in full.
American [nationality], Japanese [nationality], sailor, star-crossed-lovers, suicide