l-r Patricia Racette, Ella Larivière, Elizabeth DeShong (photo by Michael Cooper)Straight to Hell
by Shannon Christy, Senior Contributor
Madama Butterfly is about a jerk of an American officer, played with dripping contempt and cowardice by Stefano Secco, who simply wants to get laid by a child bride and goes through a meaningless ceremony to do so. However, for his naïve bride, Madama Butterfly, played with guileless sincerity by Patricia Racette (for the performance I saw), it is an actual ceremony that she willingly rejects her family and friends for. It would be great to tell you that they live happily ever after but this is an Italian opera and you should know better.