A changed and lovely `Butterfly' emerges

Critic's Corner//Opera

A striking production at the Kennedy Center

music review

November 06, 2006|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,sun music critic

Over time, certain operas become sacred, their stories treated like divine revelations, never in the slightest need of fresh interpretations. Puccini's Madama Butterfly is a case in point.

For true believers, everything about this tale of love, loss and culture clash in early 1900s Nagasaki is clear and sensible as it stands. So anytime someone considers bringing such a sacrosanct work to the stage, the only proper course of action is to stay the course, to go with the opera you have, not the one you wish you had.

Madama Butterfly continues through Nov. 19 at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest. Tickets are $45 to $250. Call 202-295-2400 or 800-876-7372, or go to dc-opera.org.

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