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

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** The Royal Opera, 27th March 2017 Ermonela Jaho sure likes to put herself (and us) through the emotional wringer on Covent Garden’s stage. Her characters usually meet with a sticky end: Violetta and Mimì both succumb … Continue reading

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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais on returning to Rusalka

Interview: Kristine Opolais Martin Kušej’s controversial Munich production of Rusalka – to which you return in June – was seen as a breakthrough role for you in terms of international recognition. What are the challenges in that particular staging? Martin … Continue reading

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Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 7th December 2016 For years I’ve wondered why Cio-Cio San refers to her bridegroom as F.B. Pinkerton when the Imperial Commissioner names him as Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton in the wedding ceremony. Was … Continue reading

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

Puccini: Madama Butterfly *** Glyndebourne, 14th October 2016 How picturesque do you like your Puccini? Do you take your Turandot sweet or sour? How much lacquer is layered over your ideal Madama Butterfly? If you imagine a backdrop of Nagasaki … Continue reading

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