(photo: Sam Garcia)
Delicate and Strong
by Jim MurchisonGiacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly is a little different from most operas. First performed in 1904, before the United States had declared itself liberators of the free world but at a time when the brash young country was starting to spread its influence and sense that the world belonged to it. Unlike other operas it does not have recognizable arias that have woven themselves into pop culture. It is only snippets of the Star Spangled Banner inserted into the score that would be hummable for an untrained singer.
Add to all this the NAC orchestra under the baton of Tyrone Paterson and Steven Ross's lighting that takes us from bright promising mornings to the final blood red sunset at curtain and you have a production that has the delicacy to float on air and the power to migrate into thousands of hearts.
Running Time: approximately 3 hours with one intermission.