A sensitive, freshly considered and affectingly sung new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly … opera is drama, and what made this “Madama Butterfly” so involving was the totality of the production and the performances. Here was a cast of singing actors working as an ensemble, emboldened by an astute director, Lee Blakeley. ~ NEW YORK TIMES

"Stripping away the excess was the guiding principal in approaching this opera. We threw away our preconceived ideas about Japan, imperialism and orientalism. We worked from the text and played it moment to moment like a play. I became fascinated by both loyalty in the face of adversity and the endurance of poverty. The romantic fantasy of act one gives way to a harder more forward moving Japan, ironically leaving a westward looking Butterfly behind. Discovering that three years after composition Japan was electrified at a very rapid rate provided us with the right visual metaphor for Madam Butterfly."

~ Lee Blakeley, Director


Direction : Lee Blakeley Set Designer : Jean-Marc Puissant Costume Designer : Brigitte Reifenstuhl Lighting Designer : Rick Fisher Conductor : Anthony Walker