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Work: Madama Butterfly

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ComposerPuccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistLuigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Year1904
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Philippe Jordan; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Asmik Grigorian; Freddie De Tommaso

LeipzigMadama Butterfly

© Kirsten Nijhof
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Felix Bender; Aron Stiehl; Oper Leipzig; Matthias Foremny; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Sven Bindseil; Sae-Kyung Rim

MunichMadama Butterfly

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Daniele Callegari; Wolf Busse; Bavarian State Opera; Otto Stich; Silvia Strahammer; Aleksandra Kurzak; Roberto Alagna

ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Philippe Jordan; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Ramón Tebar; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Asmik Grigorian

ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Joana Mallwitz; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Hui He; Roberto Alagna
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Pulling the heart strings: Madam Butterfly returns to ENO

Natalya Romaniw (Cio-Cio-san) © Jane Hobson
Anthony Minghella's classic production of Madam Butterfly makes a welcome return with a sensational role debut by Natalya Romaniw as Cio-Cio-san.
****1
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Unbearable injustice: Prague State Opera's hard-hitting Butterfly

Olga Busuoic (Cio Cio San) © Hana Smejkalová
Jiři Herman’s staging is authentically Japanese and focuses on the deliberate injustice of Butterfly's treatment, with strong performances in the lead roles.
***11
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A beautiful, relevant Madama Butterfly arrives in Adelaide

Mariana Hong (Cio-Cio-San) © Soda Street Productions

The State Opera of South Australia launch a beautifully sung, dramatically performed Madama Butterfly conveying a powerfully confrontational telling of the opera.

*****
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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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A new, darker Butterfly at Opera Australia

Karah Son (Cio-Cio-San) © Prudence Upton
Graeme Murphy's new Madama Butterfly opens with arrestingly kinky imagery and heavily exploits digital projections thereafter, but the joy of the production is in the uniform excellence of the performers, headed by the outstanding Karah Son in the title role.
****1
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