Magazine article Opera Canada

Michigan Opera Theatre

Magazine article Opera Canada

Michigan Opera Theatre

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Tenor Adam Luther made his U.S. debut last November at the Detroit Opera House in Michigan Opera Theatre's (MOT) Madame Butterfly, to which he added some needed luster to a solid if conventional and safe production.

The sets and costumes were fine, although predictable, but Bernard Uzan's direction could have profited from more involvement in coaxing a fire between Butterfly, sung by Italian soprano Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi, and Luther's Pinkerton. Their love duet, in which romantic flames should rage, was merely lukewarm. One sensed that Luther was trying to ignite a spark, but Lombardi was almost detached emotionally and rarely made eye contact with him. Pinkerton wants sex and Butterfly craves romance, but the road to passion is the same. They met their high C at the end fearlessly and powerfully, but that brief climactic fervor seemed to come out of left field.

Maybe Lombardi just needed time to warm up, because she was far more emotionally invested after Act I. …

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