Madama Butterfly


Puccini Madama Butterfly opera to libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Directed 2018 by Annilese Miskimmon at Glyndebourne. Stars Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San), Joshua Guerrero (Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton), Michael Sumuel (Sharpless), Carlo Bosi (Goro), and Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki). Omer Meir Wellber conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (Leader Pieter Schoeman) and the Glyndebourne Chorus (Chorus Master Nicholas Jenkins). Designs by Nicky Shaw; lighting design by Mark Jonathan; movement direction by Kally Lloyd Jones; video design by Ian William Galloway. Directed for TV by François Roussillon; produced by George Bruell. Sung in Italian. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Mark Pullinger is lukewarm about this production that starts off in the Nagasaki waterfront red-light district but later turns “conventional” (October 2019 Gramophone, page 100.) But anything François Roussillon works on is likely to have merit, and the PR shots below look great. Still, it doesn’t appear this Madama Butterfly beats out the recent offerings from the Royal Opera and La Scala.

Here are some PR images from Glyndebourne:


Here’s a clip from Glyndebourne: