“Madama Butterfly” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Not even a bout with the flu that was plaguing some of the cast members of Lyric’s latest “Madama Butterfly” could prevent this production from being a smashing success. At a recent Sunday matinee performance, a case of musical chairs took place regarding some of the casting. Thanks to the resourcefulness of Lyric’s management, several supporting roles were filled by understudies and singers who were scheduled to perform in a specific role were shifted to another. Not to worry — none of the principals were affected. It all came off brilliantly without a misstep in a seamlessly cohesive yet firmly traditional staging of Puccini’s extremely popular opera. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

“Madama Butterfly” continues to March 8, 2020
Lyric Opera of Chicago is located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Remaining performances are as follows: Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 PM; Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 PM.
For tickets, call 312-827-5600 or visit
Running time is 2 hours and 55 minutes with one intermission

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