I really enjoyed this production, having seen many, both excellent, and dull in the past on TV, and
at the San Francisco Opera.
The acting, expecially in ACT II and ACT III were superb, probably the best I have ever seen. Racette was in full-force and her singing totally expressed the innocence, blind trust, despair, and agony with a strength unlike any Butterfly I have seen in the past (I can't count Callas, having only heard her on recordings).
The production was riveting, with costumes, sets, bunraku style puppets, lighting, all supporting the music and the drama.
Can't say much about the music that hasn't already been said. There are not many Live From the Met Performances that I would watch over again, but this is one.
The fullness and honesty of the acting (especially Butterfly, Suzuki, and Sharpless) made for an unforgettable, emotion-filled evening. Thank You!
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