Hokey tale elicits real tears

Madama Butterfly has it all: shimmering strings, ethereal harp music, brass that won’t quit, the best chorus in years, a stage full of color. The principal roles are double-cast and the singers alternate performances. The Saturday-night Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton were young and wore their costumes (the kimono meets sailor’s whites) well. His singing was more than adequate and hers was ravishingly beautiful. David Nancarrow’s lighting design was, once again, superlative. The stage direction was good, although I’m not sure that the Pinkerton’s business with cigarettes was supposed to call so much attention to itself.

As we walked to the hall, we met many who were not just attending an opera for the first time but were seeing Bass Performing Arts Center for the first time. There were lots of pre-teen kids in attendance with their parents. Only two performances remain: at 3 pm today, with the Friday-night cast; and at 7:30 tomorrow evening, with the cast that we enjoyed so much last night. A call to 472-5992 will bring information about available seats. There are no bad places to sit at Bass, and some tickets cost as little as going to a movie and having some popcorn.

Our newcomer seat-neighbors brought out their hankies along with the rest of us. This won’t be their last opera. Butterfly shows once again why it’s a perennial on the program.

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