|Date and venue||Title||Submitted by|
|Welsh National Opera's Butterfly at the Mayflower, Southampton||Katy S Austin|
|35 years and many revivals after it was first seen, the late Joachim Herz’s version of Madam Butterfly (“Madama” spelt without the “a” here) is still going. For WNO’s themed series of “Free Spirits”, Caroline Chaney took on the revival director’s mantle. The result was a reliable production lacking in originality but not in warmth. Puccini’s Butterfly, so much changed after is disastrous original première in 1904, has rightly found a place among the most popular operas in existence.|
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