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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly - Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7 pm - Arsht Center, Miami




This is my third Madama Butterfly and I’m not quite sure how good the performance was.  Technically, the singing was good except for a few high notes from Kelly Kaduce that seemed strained.  Martin Nusspaumer as Lt. Pinkerton had a beautiful tenor voice but somehow the role did not suit him.  He looked good in the uniform, like you would expect Pinkerton to be, but somehow, the production missed.  I have only two other versions to go upon: one in Jackson, Mississippi and the other at the San Francisco Opera.  This production fits nicely in the middle of the two since I don’t remember much about the Jackson production.

The set was rented from another company and was quite well done.  Six of the cast and the director had their Florida Grand Opera debut and from their biographies, most had limited roles prior to this opera.  FGO has made no secret it is hurting financially and I suspect the cast was mostly newcomers for cost purposes.  There was even a pitch for funding during intermission.  

The star of the show was Sorrow, played by Sebastian Powell who certainly won the audience with his flag waving antics even though he never spoke or sung a note.  The duet with Suzuki and Cio-Cio-San performed by Caitlin McKechney and Kelly Kaduce were excellent.  

The death scene was probably the most vivid of the three operas I’ve seen and was very believable. Appropriately, the audience booed Nusspaumer as he took his bows as Pinkerton.

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