Dissed by a long distance lover? Check. Played by a military man? Check. Blinded by romantic illusion? Check. Giacomo Puccini writes music that is unparalleled in its beauty and interracial love tragedy Madama Butterfly is no exception. San Francisco Opera’s reigning diva Patricia Racette gave an amazing performance as the lovesick geisha, Butterfly. Butterfly marries Navy man BF Pinkerton, only to find herself pining in poverty for three years to no avail. “Un bel di” is as breathtaking as any La Boheme aria. And what a difference a seat in the orchestra makes!
Bravo! Brava! Bravi!