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Elena Stikhina and Sergio Escobar © BAUS
Amsterdam

Bob Wilson's cool minimalist Butterfly is back in Amsterdam

By , 23 April 2019
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Evgenia Muraveva (Cio-Cio-San) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A sophisticated new Butterfly directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in Naples

By , 16 April 2019
***11
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Celine Byrne (Cio-Cio-San) © Patrick Redmond
Dublin

Superlative Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

By , 24 March 2019
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Madama Butterfly © Markus Gårder (September 2018)
Stockholm

Asmik Grigorian an extraordinary Butterfly in Stockholm

By , 20 November 2018
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Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
Savonlinna

Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

By , 09 July 2018
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Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival

By , 19 May 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly at the Met

By , 26 February 2018
*****
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

By , 19 January 2018
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
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Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Weak leads sink beautiful Met Butterfly

By , 06 November 2017
***11
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Aidan (Sorrow) and Karah Son (Cio-Cio-San) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Sydney bids farewell to beloved Madama Butterfly

By , 26 October 2017
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Alexey Dolgov (Pinkerton) and Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San) © Jacob Lucas
Seattle

Trying to rethink Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

By , 05 August 2017
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) and Brian Jagde (Pinkerton) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Madama Butterfly an aesthetic treat at Washington National Opera

By , 06 May 2017
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Broken wings: Ermonela Jaho a devastating Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

By , 27 March 2017
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Karah Son (Cio-Cio San) and Jonathan Burton (Pinkerton) © Jeremy Abrahams
Milton Keynes

Nagasaki comes to Bedfordshire: WNO's Madama Butterfly in Milton Keynes

By , 24 March 2017
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Maria José Siri (Cio-Cio San) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms: La Scala make amends with a return to Puccini's original Madama Butterfly

By , 07 December 2016
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Karah Son (Cio-Cio San) and Matteo Lippi (Pinkerton) © Clive Barda
Glyndebourne

Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly

By , 14 October 2016
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Jung Nan Yoon (Cio-Cio San) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A heart-wrenchingly manipulative Madama Butterfly in Oslo

By , 08 October 2016
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Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio San) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Johan Botha's death casts a pall over Madama Butterfly in Vienna

By , 08 September 2016
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
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Latonia Moore (Cio-Cio San) © J. Katarzyna Woronowicz
San Diego

Latonia Moore a shimmering Madama Butterfly in San Diego

By , 16 April 2016
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Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio-San) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Kristine Opolais breaks hearts in Met's Madama Butterfly

By , 17 March 2016
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Qiu Lin Zhang (Suzuki) and Annemarie Kremer (Cio-Cio-San) © Marco Borggreve | Nederlandse Reisopera
Rotterdam

Bold music-making in Nederlandse Reisopera’s austere Madama Butterfly

By , 19 September 2015
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Natasha Jouhl (Cio-Cio San) © Robert Workman
London

Paper lanterns and origami wings: a ghostly Madama Butterfly at Grimeborn

By , 26 August 2015
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Melanie Gowie (Cio-Cio San) and Alistair Digges (Pinkerton) © Opera Bohemia
Edinburgh

Opera Bohemia’s Butterfly brings a flutter of excitement to the Fringe

By , 24 August 2015
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Silvana Froli (Cio-Cio San) © Fondazione Festival Pucciniano
Torre del Lago

Bonsai Butterfly: budget elegance at the Festival Pucciniano

By , 08 August 2015
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Alexandra Loutsion (Cio-Cio-San), Joo Won Kang (Sharpless) and Robert Watson (Pinkerton) © Teddy Wolff
Vienna

Summer migration for Emerging Artists in Madama Butterfly at Wolf Trap Opera

By , 07 August 2015
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London

Clattering cherry blossom: solid revival of Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

By , 20 March 2015
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London

Crushed wings: exquisite Madam Butterfly suffers in the Royal Albert Hall

By , 26 February 2015
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Toronto

A passionate, female-first approach to Madama Butterfly

By , 10 October 2014
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Naples

Madama Butterfly, or the omnipresence of the director and his double

By , 20 July 2014
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Edinburgh

A Butterfly fit for the Commonweath Games

By , 08 May 2014
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Sydney

Sparks fly in thought-provoking Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

By , 21 March 2014
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Chicago

Lyric Opera's Butterfly ruffles no feathers

By , 15 October 2013
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London

ENO's Madam Butterfly is once again a must-see

By , 14 October 2013
****1
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London

A lacklustre Butterfly at Holland Park

By , 08 June 2013
**111
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Auckland

A visually stunning Madama Butterfly from New Zealand Opera

By , 18 April 2013
*****
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Southampton

Welsh National Opera's Butterfly at the Mayflower, Southampton

By , 22 March 2013
***11
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Dresden

A heart-wrenching Madama Butterfly at Dresden's Semperoper

By , 09 December 2012
****1
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Boston

Boston Lyric Opera finds new ways to break hearts in Madama Butterfly

By , 02 November 2012
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Sydney

A world-class Madama Butterfly from Opera Australia

By , 17 October 2012
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Oslo

Butterfly as flashback: Madama Butterfly at the Norwegian National Opera

By , 21 September 2012
***11
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Alresford

Madama Butterfly at Grange Park

By , 02 June 2012
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London

Minghella's Butterfly returns to ENO

By , 08 May 2012
****1
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Vienna

Puccini takes centre stage in Stefan Herheim’s Madama Butterfly

By , 22 November 2011
****1
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Leeds

Daniele Rustioni conducts Opera North's revival of Madama Butterfly

By , 24 September 2011
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London

Madama Butterfly

By , 25 June 2011
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Washington

Getting Out of the Cocoon: Ana Maria Martinez Conquers the WNO

By , 08 March 2011
*****
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Emotionales Großereignis in München: Ermonela Jaho als Madama Butterfly

By , 05 April 2019
*****
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Los protagonistas de Madama Butterfly en el Teatro Mayor © Juan Diego Castillo | Teatro Mayor
Bogotá

La metamorfosis de Madama Butterfly en la voz de Voulgaridou

By , 15 March 2019
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