Minghella Leaves Movie Cocoon for 'Madam Butterfly' Opera Debut
Jury, Louise, The Independent (London, England)
His sumptuous, romantic work on screen has delighted critics and pulled in huge audiences across the world.
Now the film director Anthony Minghella is to unveil his first opera, Puccini's Madam Butterfly, tonight " and it is set to be a visually stunning affair.
The production is accomplished with the assistance of his wife, Carolyn Choa, a choreographer, in between chairing the British Film Institute and editing his latest movie, Breaking and Entering.
The new adventure came at the invitation of Sean Doran, who runs the English National Opera (ENO) at the Coliseum in London, and thought Minghella's skills as a writer, director and musician were ideal for opera.
The director of Cold Mountain and Truly Madly Deeply writes some of the music for his own films and has a long-standing passion for opera, having been raised by Italian parents on the Isle of Wight. And as Choa was born in Hong Kong, they are, perhaps, the ideal East meets West combination for the story of a young Japanese woman who falls in love with an American naval officer. 'In a banal way, this was the obvious choice of opera for us,' Minghella has said. 'We're both steeped in the culture of the Far East " Noh, Kabuki, Banruki.'
The production looks beautiful, with a wall of mirrors reflecting back the gorgeous costumes designed by Han Feng. …