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07 Nov 2005

Glossy triumph of empty style

[Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2005]

Rupert Christiansen reviews Madam Butterfly at the Coliseum

Being a great admirer of his films, I had high hopes of the director Anthony Minghella's first foray into opera. And how can anyone seriously fail with a drama as hard-hitting as Puccini's Madam Butterfly, one of the most culturally influential masterpieces of the 20th-century?

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