Afternoon at the Opera

Madame Butterfly

A solo woman onstage for Madame Butterfly

A scene from SFO's Madame Butterfly. Photo courtesy SFO/Cory Weaver

From the San Francisco Opera's webpage:

Puccini's heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera's dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette, "who can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her era" (Opera News), heads a superb cast including Elizabeth DeShong, acclaimed by The New York Times for her "rich, nuanced portrayal" of Butterfly's maid Suzuki; Brian Jagde, who "supplied what so many other tenors on today’s main stage lack: soul" (San Francisco Classical Voice); and Brian Mulligan, a baritone with a "rich, secure" voice who is "capable of sensitivity and musicality in perfectly executed moments" (The New York Times). "The visual component of this production is so compelling, and so intelligent, that it lifts this opera to a new level" (Toronto Globe and Mail).