Monday, January 04, 2016

Mme Butterfly

The Jerusalem Opera's production of Butterfly was very enjoyable, though Live at the Met has gotten us used to more spectacle and more spectacular voices.

One of the best Butterflys I've seen was the ballet version last year at the Jerusalem Theatre, particularly moving because the protagonist was believable as an 18 year old.

No operatic soprano is 18. When teen or preteen girls sing opera on TV talent shows, we see angry comments about the damage done their voices. Plus, older sopranos are probably better actresses than they were at 18. It is to Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck's credit that by the end of the performance we felt we were watching a naive young woman, barely a woman, making decisions she was not ready for.

Copyright 2016 Jane Fox

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