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Lyric Opera’s ‘Butterfly’ displays a fine frame, but the musical drama is a different picture

Oct 17, 2013 – 10:58 pm
'Madama Butterfly' Lyric Opera Chicago (Dan Rest)

Review: To behold the grand, airy set for “Madama Butterfly” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with its curvaceous walkway and layered, mat-like proscenium framing – on display even as the audience assembled — was to sense one’s expectations peak toward something special, uncommon, fine. What ensued was largely unremarkable, even unattractive in various aspects from conducting and singing to basic on-stage movement. ★★