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    Hi, Folks. My first post...

    I am expecting the installation of a new audio/video system, and I would like to "christen" it with some nice blu ray opera.

    I am not a hard-core opera fan, but I have very much enjoyed those I have seen in person, e.g., "Salome" at the Staatsoper in Vienna, "Carmen" at a small venue in South Carolina. I have an especially nice recording, I think, of "Un bel di vedremo" from "Madama Butterfly". I wanted to get the latter opera, and I thought ordering from the NY Metropolitan Opera would be a safe bet, but they have three Blu-ray version. I have no idea which to get to maximize my enjoyment of the new A/V system. They have not responded to my inquiry.

    Any recommendations for best sight and sound? The Met's three versions are:

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    Madama Butterfly (Blu-ray)
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Release Date: 2/26/16
    Conductor: Daniel Oren
    Artists: Fiorenza Cedolins (Cio-Cio-San/Madama Butterfly), Francesca Franci (Suzuki), Mina Blum (Kate Pinkerton), Marcello Giordani (B. F. Pinkerton), Juan Pons (Sharpless)
    Orchestra, Chorus: Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House
    Director: Franco Zeffirelli

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    Madama Butterfly (Blu-ray) – Freni, Domingo, Ludwig
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Release Date: September 23, 2014
    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
    Artists:
    Robert Kerns
    Christa Ludwig
    Giorgio Stendoro
    Elke Schary
    Marius Rintzler
    Mirella Freni
    Plàcido Domingo
    Michel Sénéchal
    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon?
    Run Time: 145 minutes
    Region: Region Free, Worldwide

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    Madama Butterfly (Blu-ray)
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Release Date: April 29, 2014
    Conductor: Alexander Joel
    Stage Director: Vincent Boussard
    Artists:
    Alexia Voulgaridou
    Cristina Damian
    Teodor Ilincai
    Lauri Vasar
    Orchestra: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
    Label: Arthaus Musik
    Language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Korean
    Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
    Region: Worldwide
    Run Time: 137 minutes

    Director Vincent Boussard staged this 2012 Hamburg State Opera production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, collaborating with fashion designer Christian Lacroix and set designer Vincent Lemaire for this stylish new production. Alexander Joel conducts a superb cast including soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, tenor Teodor Ilincai, and baritone Lauri Vasar.

    “Impressive both as an actress and a singer, Alexia Voulgaridou has the strongest impact on this consistently musical and sophisticated production. ... a great experience even for newcomers.” - Hamburger Abendblatt

    “ …performances by the singers, orchestra and chorus are good to outstanding, and the Vincent Boussard production is quite compelling…” - Classic Net

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    They also have a version of their own production on HD(DVD). I have a Blu-ray player, so not sure about its compatibility or relative quality.

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    I am not sure I am ready for the many hours of Wagner's entire "Ring Cycle", but my brother, who works as a stage hand, recommended "Wagner's Dream" about the Met production as a start. I will be ordering that, as well.

    Comments, opinions, all feedback, in general, other suggestions sincerely appreciated.

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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Puccini-Mad.../dp/B004ECFW7Q

    Can’t believe the quality of visual image on a Karajan recording on Blue Ray, will be any better than a more recently filmed DVD?

    For visual splendour I don’t think the above can be beat. Directed by an Oscar winner in conjunction with his Japanese Dancer wife. The result is truly splendid.
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    Karajan - directed by Ponelle - is very moving as long as you can take a film as opposed to a live performance

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    The sound of this one is outstanding, singer are good.
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    Thanks to all for the recommendations. Do keep them coming if you are so inspired, and don't feel limited in your suggestions.

    It turns out that the fellow doing my A/V work is an opera fan. He is looking to retire to the Santa Fe area where he owns some property and attends performances of the Santa Fe Opera whenever he is there. He had some suggestions of his own.

    He also told me of one of his customers who makes annual pilgrimages to experience the entire Ring cycle where ever it is being performed.

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