Thursday, August 10, 2017

Praise for Madame Butterfly

Alexey Dogov (Pinkerton) and Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San). Philip Newton photo
"A magical production filled with eye candy and, most importantly, stunning vocal performances.” – LA Opus

"Every so often a performance – and a performer – have the capacity to completely transport us to a different dimension, emotionally, psychologically and physically. That is the case with Seattle Opera’s new (to Seattle) production of Madame Butterfly." - Seattle P.I.

Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San). Philip Newton photo
"The brilliant Lianna Haroutounian, who commanded the stage all evening with an all-out, full-voiced, big-hearted performance that brought out the bravos (and the handkerchiefs).” – The Seattle Times

“The sets are gorgeous—Kabuki meets Miyazaki. The music is deservedly beloved—soaring melodies, rich and complex orchestrations, and gongs!” – The Stranger
Jonathan Silvia (Imperial Commissioner). Philip Newton photo
"The changes it has inspired, audiences may experience this Madame Butterfly in ways never envisioned by its creators.” – The Seattle Times

"So much more than an aural and visual delight." - UW Daily 
Photos above and below: Yasko Sato (Cio-Cio-San) and Dominick Chenes (Pinkerton). Philip Newton photos
"Weston Hurt was an empathetic and noble Sharpless; Renée Rapier a dignified, compelling Suzuki; and Rodell Rosel a wily and adept Goro. In a bit of “luxury casting,” Daniel Sumegi proved an unusually powerful Bonze; Ryan Bede was the hapless Yamadori, and Sarah Mattox gave unexpected and lovely depth to the small but pivotal role of Kate Pinkerton."

"Sato is a lyrical singer and an affecting actress; she can convey vivid emotion in a single gesture or expression, and watching her hopes slowly decline in Cio-Cio-San’s long vigil was heartbreaking.” – The Seattle Times

“Puccini's opera itself gets something of a dusting-off in this production.” - Bachtrack

Philip Newton photo
"The production was one of the most attractive this reviewer has seen, and this was due in large part to the inventiveness of an Australian triumvirate” – "LA Opus

“The design is both simple and beautiful. Set designer Christina Smith created a house cleverly defined by movable screens, imaginatively lighted by Matt Scott with glowing lanterns that illuminated the Act I love duet.” – The Seattle Times

Renée Rapier (Suzuki), Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San) and Scarlett Del Rosario (Trouble). Philip Newton photo

"Prepare to weep for Madame Butterfly.” – Equality 365

"This production is rich with unforgettable moments. I am haunted by the heart-rending vision of Cio-Cio San standing outside her home like a statue, waiting hopefully all night for Pinkerton until all of the lanterns are extinguished and darkness is supplanted by day — and still no Pinkerton is in sight." - Queen Anne News 

Philip Newton photo

Madame Butterfly plays now until Aug. 19 at McCaw Hall.
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