The music was as good as it gets, which is as expected for the Met.
I think some of the
theatrical effects of the production were lost with the close-up camerawork of the broadcast. I found this especially to be the case with the 3 black-clad puppeteers in the frame in the intimate mother-child scenes of Cho-Cho San and her son, even if the expressiveness of the puppet child was better than that of a real child. The fantasy ballet with the puppet also looked silly.
Another draw-back in the close-ups are fat singers playing romantic leads, and how obvious it was that Madama Butterfly's sash was a girdle.
I found the back-stage interviews at the prelude and intermissions interesting, although in an encore broadcast it seems they could have cut one of the intermissions for a shorter running time.
Go for the music, and for a look at a world-class theatrical production. However, do not expect the experience of a production design for cinematic effect.
The Metropolitan Opera: Madama...
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