Tak­ing flight: Madama But­ter­fly

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

It must be a chal­lenge to come up with an ap­proach to Puc­cini’s ul­tra-pop­u­lar Madama But­ter­fly that seems fresh while re­main­ing re­spect­ful of the cre­ators’ in­ten­tions. The pro­duc­tion by the late Bri­tish film­maker Anthony Minghella ( The English Pa­tient, The Tal­ented Mr. Ri­p­ley, Cold Moun­tain), un­veiled by the English Na­tional Opera in 2005 and first pre­sented by the Metropoli­tan Opera a sea­son later, is a suc­cess in that re­gard, a spec­ta­cle that does not lose its sense of in­ti­macy. Minghella en­hanced its drama through the styl­ized use of dancers and pup­petry. The pro­duc­tion oc­cu­pies the slot of The Met: Live in HD at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, April 2, with a re­peat show­ing at 6 p.m. that evening. So­prano Kris­tine Opo­lais por­trays hap­less Cio-Cio-San and tenor Roberto Alagna is love-’em-and-leave-’em Lt. B.F. Pinker­ton. They’re sup­ported by mezzo- so­prano Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and bari­tone Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Karel Mark Chi­chon con­ducts. Tick­ets ($22-$28 for the morn­ing broad­cast, $22 for the evening) can be had by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. — James M. Keller

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