“Madama Butterfly” at Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera

"Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini

Review by David Gregson to appear in late August.

Sung in Italian

Cio-Cio-San, Madame Butterfly – Kelly Kaduce

Suzuki – Elizabeth DeShong

B. F. Pinkerton – Brandon Jovanovich

Sharpless – James Westman

Goro – Keith Jameson

The Bonze – Harold Wilson

Conductor – Antony Walker

Director – Lee Blakeley

Scenic Designer – Jean-Marc Puissant

Costume Designer – Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Lighting Designer – Rick Fisher

The season opens with a new production of Madame Butterfly, perhaps the most beloved of all operas, which has not been staged here in more than ten years. Kelly Kaduce returns as Puccini’s heartfelt heroine Cio-Cio-San, joined by Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Brandon Jovanovich as Pinkerton. Antony Walker and Lee Blakeley make their Santa Fe debuts as conductor and stage director.

"From the pictures I have seen, this does not immediately appear to be a radical staging of the opera. But certain details make it look somewhat fresh — and very Santa Fe."

From an Opera West fan.

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