In 2006, the Metropolitan Opera premiered a new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. I was fortunate to attend a performance that first season, when I was still living in New York. I have seen the production three more times on the DVD I bought to share with Melissa.
With the new staging and design, one of my favorite operas broke through tradition to become a highly stylized but intensely emotional experience. The film director Anthony Minghella and his wife, the dancer and choreographer Carolyn Choa, drew on Asian theater and puppetry to create a set of pure beauty and movement.
Puppets and Puccini may seem a surprising combination. Together, they are magic.