Florida Grand Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ is grand

November 18, 2014 5:02 PM

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Florida Grand Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ is grand

Florida Grand Opera has taken on Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 masterpiece Madama Butterfly to open its 74th season, one of the most beloved and performed of all operas. FGO has presented the work 12 times, and their current Butterfly, which opened Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is indeed grand, a sure-fire, compellingly realistic production.

Conductor Ramón Tebar’s brisk opening tempo set the pace for the orchestra’s superb performance, marked by precision, balance and deep expression. Now in his fourth season with FGO, Tebar’s sensitive, skillful leadership never overpowered the cast, and some extra-long lines and grand pauses added te...

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