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Madam Butterfly

Butterfly: “Not to Be Missed”

Stefano Secco and Patricia Racette, c.Dan Rest

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. It’s one of those cases of an artist forming 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

Backstage Exclusive: Patricia Racette as Butterfly

Patricia Racette as Madama Butterfly

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Madama Butterfly opens (again) on Saturday night starring Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco. Listen to an exclusive interview with Ms. Racette who laughs about the challenges of live performance.

A Young Girl’s Undoing

Tenor James Valenti, Pinkerton in LOC's "Madama Butterfly"

[Madama Butterfly, live at 7:15 PM] One villain in opera always get booed. So many operas are based on assumptions that don’t resonate with us today, like Ernani’s pledge to commit suicide (who would honor such a thing?), or Leonora’s retreat into a monastery in “La forza del destino.” “Madama Butterfly,” on the other hand