Madama Butterfly, Opolais, Jagde, Viviani, Bosi, Luisotti – The Royal Opera House, March 20th 2015

I didn’t like this as much as everyone else.  Mainly this was down to the minimalist set and staging, which felt a lot like a “one room drama”, and was about as edifying as a trip round Ikea.

Nods to early 20th century Japan look instead like twee japonisme. (There’s a fine line between accuracy and stereotype). Seen in light of Opera Australia‘s more modern-day production, which I could not help recalling, this production seems in all ways a little stiff. Taking place as it does in this austere space, with the backwall made up of a huge shoji screen and a bare floor, it is up to Kristine Opolais to light up the evening.