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Performer: Hui He

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ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Joana Mallwitz; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Hui He; Roberto Alagna
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A good Madama Butterfly from Hui He at The Met

Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Termine | Met Opera
Anthony Minghella's production remains a feast for the eyes, but this performance failed to gel into a dramatic whole. 
***11
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Weak leads sink beautiful Met Butterfly

Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
 “The Minghella Butterfly” has physically lost none of its luster, but the singing did not live up to the staging.
***11
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Heart-wrenchingly manipulative Butterfly

Despite an excellent cast and some glorious singing, Stephen Langridge's oft-revived 2012 production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly never quite takes flight. 
***11
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Il trovatore at Chorégies d'Orange

Les Chorégies d'Orange present a new production of Verdi's Il trovatore with mixed results.
***11
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An unforgettable Aida in Verona

La Fura dels Baus's production balances the familiar with modern detail in a clever staging that packs a real punch. The Arena enjoyed its centennial edition last year, and one wonders whether this might be the production that they celebrate the next time around.
*****
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Deutsche Oper: La Gioconda

Pop culture baggage and a notorious story aside, La Gioconda at the Deutsche Oper amuses and intrigues.
***11
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