Madam Butterfly

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MADAM BUTTERFLY is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
  • 2016-07-30T07:31CST
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Puccini's tragic love story tells of Butterfly, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America: Butterfly gives birth to a son and patiently awaits her husband's return, never giving up hope. Hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as 'the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London', Anthony Minghella's award-winning Madam Butterfly returns to ENO. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Anthony Minghella's sole opera production has developed into one of the most iconic stagings of the 21st century. Madam Butterfly sees internationally renowned sopranos Dina Kuznetsova and Mary Plazas (Minghella's original Butterfly) sharing the title role, alongside Welsh tenors Timothy Richards and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton, Pamela Helen Stephen as Suzuki, and ENO Harewood Artist George von Bergen as Sharpless. Co-produced by ENO with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Lithuanian National Opera.

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What people are saying about Madam Butterfly

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good stage craft, would be better if there was clearer diction Madam Butterfly was the first opera I ever saw, it made me love opera. I took my sister as her first experience and it had the opposite affect. Although the stage craft and costumes were beautiful, you could barely hear any of the words that were sung by most of the key characters. Comments I heard from those next to me told me it was not my hearing but the actors voices did not carry in this theatre. It was a shame that this performance did not live up to expectations and did not draw my sister into the world of opera as it did for me.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Madam Butterfly could have been better. My friend and I enjoyed Madam Butterfly more for its gorgeous set design and its lighting than for its music. In fact I was disappointed that it wasn't sung in its original Italian (with English subtitles). The voices could have been richer too.
Date published: 2016-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb production A most imaginative production with superb singing and playing from the ENO. Anthony Mingella's production stands the test of time with its superb use of lighting, set and costumes. The brilliant puppetry added a further dimension.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. The woman behind me wept buckets Great staging and beautifully sung in English. It's a sat story so if you are sentimental take your hanky
Date published: 2016-07-01
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