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Pure Joy

'Madama Butterfly' at the Puccini Festival
a pleasure for the ears and the eyes


After a Fanciulla del West received with very mixed feelings by audience and critics, the 2010 Puccini Festival presented, on 17 July 2010, a revival of its 2005 production of Madama Butterfly. The large lake-front auditorium was full to capacity. The audience was enthusiastic: open stage applauses during each of the two parts (Act II and Act III were presented without intermission); accolades at the curtain calls, even though it was 1am on 18 July and many spectators had long drives to return home. Some two hundred guests had an after performance dinner with the artists. Your reviewer was back in his Viareggio hotel at nearly 3am, but was happy to have seen a performance that had been pure joy for both the ears and the eyes...

Copyright © 27 July 2010 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy





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