The story is of a self-centered American naval officer, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, portrayed by tenor Garret Sorenson, marrying a naive, young Asian girl, in his desire to have a girl in every port.
Madama Butterfly, is portrayed with the necessary ability by Jee Hyun Lim. Lim (Madama Butterfly ’04) returns to Indy to wow the audience by bringing forth the naivety and infatuation geisha Butterfly carries early on, as well as the inner strength to believe Pinkerton will return for her and her child. Lim carries us through the story, from joy and laughter to tears of betrayal.
Baritone Jeffrey Mattsey portrays Sharpless, the U.S. consul in Nagasaki, with sensitivity and strong vocals having no trouble being heard to the back of the house. Mattsey's acting was as solid as his vocals were smooth.
|(L) Pinkerton at wedding to Cio Cio San (C) with Sharpless (R)|
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