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Butterfly: “Not to Be Missed”

Stefano Secco and Patricia Racette, c.Dan Rest

Stefano Secco and Patricia Racette, c.Dan Rest

Saturday at 12:00 pm


At least, that’s what The New York Times said of Patricia Racette’s Madama Butterfly in 2008. In the aftermath, it’s not surprising Lyric Opera would engage her for their production – even if she could only do half the run. Ms. Racette’s Cio-Cio-San is one of those rare cases in which an artist forms a union with a part that transcends everything one knew about the opera; like peering into a precious gem, giving it a quarter turn, and seeing something entirely different.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts have moved into the coveted Saturday-noon time slot; when opera-lovers everywhere go to their radios for a reset on what’s hitting the stage these days.

In an interview with WFMT’s Noel Morris, Patricia Racette laughs about the snags that can happen in live performance; it’s easy to confuse one production from the next, saying “It happens all the time. The truth is, it doesn’t matter…as long as you make the moment believable.”

For Patricia Racette, when it comes to getting into the character of Madama Butterfly in Act II, she says, “He is coming back for her.”

Lyric’s Butterfly was a split cast with the fall performances headlining Amanda Echalaz and James Valenti  as Butterfly and Pinkerton (both in their Lyric Opera debuts). The production returned at the first of the year with Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco in the lead roles more.

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