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Royal Opera's Madama Butterfly


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Alison, as it happens I loath Butterfly, the music, the story, the whole thing of it (sorry everybody) and am not sure there is such a thing as a good production. However Ermonela Jaho is one of the greatest singers it has been my privilege to see in over fifty years of opera going all over the world: do anything you can to see her do this!

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Alison, as it happens I loath Butterfly, the music, the story, the whole thing of it (sorry everybody) and am not sure there is such a thing as a good production. However Ermonela Jaho is one of the greatest singers it has been my privilege to see in over fifty years of opera going all over the world: do anything you can to see her do this!

 

Know what you mean about the story.  A friend went to hear the Glyndebourne Touring Opera's Butterfly recently and told me at the end Pinkerton was roundly booed by the audience, the character not the tenor.  Quite understand the reaction, I'm all for organizing a lynch mob at the end of Butterfly.

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I'm not a huge Butterfly fan, but much prefer the ROH version to the ENO, which annoyed me for some reason. Also, the Italian just sounds better to me.

 

I'm not entirely sure that I will survive Jaho's Butterfly with my heart intact. You should absolutely get a ticket for her if you can.

 

If you just want to try the ROH version, I have a spare standing for the Martinez Butterfly on the 25th of April.

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