Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Encore
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Primarily specialised in the operas of Verdi and Puccini and delivering astonishing portrayals on stage, Chinese soprano Hui He is one of the greatest performers of the title role active today. In a professional sense, her partner, Bruce Sledge first took the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in 2003 in the role of Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and he has since won acclaim with his lyric tenor voice primarily in Mozartian and bel canto roles. Bringing the American counsel Sharpless to life is the Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who made his Met début in 2010 as Kovalyov in Shostakovich's opera The Nose. He last sang Sharpless at the Opéra de Marseille. Singing Suzuki will be the wonderful American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong.
The conductor is also a familiar presence for the Hungarian audience: one of the outstanding interpreters of the Italian repertoire, Pier Giorgio Morandi has honoured this country's opera world with his appearances here for decades; he first conducted at the Met in 2017. The artist who staged the production is none other than the director of the Oscar-winning film The English Patient: Anthony Minghella, who died in 2008, won several distinctions for this sweepingly forceful Madama Butterfly, including the Society of London Theatre's Laurence Olivier Award in 2006.
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Pier Giorgio Morandi
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Set designerMichael Levine
Costume designerHan Feng
Light designerPeter Mumford
PuppetryBlind Summit Theatre