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Opens: 08/05/2012 Closes: 02/06/2012 ENO, LondonIt's a classic, and Puccini's Madam Butterfly is back at the ENO in its Olivier Award-winning incarnation - created originally by the late, great Anthony Minghella (director of The English Patient). This timeless operatic lament about a beautiful Japanese girl's romance with a roguish American soldier is always worth reviving. For more information visit: http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?&itemid=1889 Buy: http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?itemid=1889#book Watch:
Opera Britannia“Why does it fail to move...?” ENO serves up an attractively sung and gloriously played Butterfly, and for much of Minghella’s opulent vision, there are good reasons to return for a second helping...
Evening Standard“There are images of wrenching beauty...” Minghella couldn’t resist piling prettiness on prettiness, draining away some of the full-blooded sentiment Puccini requires. The performers put most of it back...
The Arts Desk“As beautiful as ever...” The result is faithful and beautiful, but lacks the piquant clarity of productions that read against the grain and strip this Orientalist epic back to the warped skeleton concealed behind cherry blossom...
The Stage“Visually stunning...” Underpowered emotion lets down the production overall, but Minghella’s entrancing vision succeeds nevertheless because it works in sympathy with the score - sadly not something that can be taken for granted...
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