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Madama Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Opera North

The Lowry, 16 November 2011

Anne Sophie Duprels as Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)

Anne Sophie Duprels as Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)

Here’s the old, familiar story of a man who loves too little and a woman who loves too much.

It is, however, beautifully dramatised here – and so made new – right up to the final irrevocable act.  There’s a kind of compelling logic to the story, which makes it all the more tragic.  These two lovers fly high to transcend their respective cultures, but in the end misunderstandings drag them down.

Anne Sophie Duprels is absolutely wonderful in the title role, she wins your heart.  As for the set, it was spare and elegant, befitting the Japanese setting.  Yet somehow the stage seemed too cluttered with people during the wedding scene in the first part.  A sign, perhaps, that the minimalist aesthetic had burrowed its way into one’s subconscious.

Madama Butterfly is showing again at The Lowry on Saturday, details here.