Based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an opera warhouse. Since its world premiere in 1905, it has become a favorite of opera goers for its searing emotion. This current production actualizes the bittersweet passion led by the fierce Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San). Playing a naïve 15 year, Echalaz enchants in her opening duet with the dashing James Valenti (Pinkerton). Later, she dominates the theatre with the renowned “Un bel di vedremo.” Her unwavering devotion to her husband is sung with anguish perfection. Echalaz crushes it! She fully connects the audience to the depths of her love and despair.
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Filed under: Lyric Opera of Chicago
Tags: Amanda Echalaz, Anthony Clark Evans, Chicago opera, Chicago theater, Christopher Oram, Christopher Purves, Civic Opera House, Dan Rest, David Belasco, David Cangelosi, David Govertsen, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Giacosa, James Valenti, John Luther Long, Katy Walsh, Laura Wilde, Louisa Muller, Luigi Illica, Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marco Armiliato, MaryAnn McCormick, Michael Black, Michael Grandage, Neil Austin, Nicole Tongue, Patricia Racette, post, Richard Ollarsaba, Stefano Secco, Will Liverman