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Madama Butterfly, Puccini
D: Vittorio Borrelli
C: Pier Giorgio Morandi
Around Butterfly

Antonio Poli is a rightly bold and pleasant Pinkerton, he boasts a beautiful timbre and a good solidity of emission: he approaches the lieutenant of the Navy with enthusiasm to enhance his boastful arrogance, he faces the duet with an excited phrasing to emphasize that the text uttered there is governed only by the ardor of the pelvis, he finally sings "Addio, fiorito asil" with a hint of sincere emotion, also exhibiting beautiful half voices there. Alessio Verna, usually listened to in smaller parts alongside, with Sharpless has the opportunity to highlight a baritone instrument of beautiful color and good volume which, combined with good acting and musical skills, helps the construction of a very multifaceted character . Excellent Suzuki Koberidze while Didier Pieri, in the role of Goro, he proves to have a disciplined voice engaged in very elegant singing. Welcomed by warm open-stage applause in the closed-mouth choir-interlude, the Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Torino confirms that it is an excellence of the Turin institution. The cast is correctly completed by Franco Rizzo (imperial commissioner), Roberta Garelli (Kate Pinkerton), Sofia La Cara (Butterfly's son) and the actor Yuri D'Agostino who, in the narration of the story, embodies Giacomo Puccini. At the helm of the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin Pier Giorgio Morandi behaves diligently. Of course, in a show where the music proceeds intermittently, constructing a complete and complete speech, getting an idea and giving an idea of ​​one's own reading of Butterfly is difficult, if not impossible - especially in a twentieth century opera where they fail. closed numbers -, however in the isolated interventions one cannot fail to recognize the expert hand of the concertmaster who knows how to keep an eye on the pit and stage without renouncing the construction of functional atmospheres for the dramatic moment. Finally, the show, already presented to the public in Piazza San Carlo several years ago. On the cuts, inevitable due to the nature of the show that has been chosen to offer, we overlook - among the various renunciations, the "flower duet" could however be saved -. The direction Vittorio Borrelli, with scenes by Claudia Boasso and costumes by Laura Viglione is essential if not reduced to the bone: this peculiarity, however, helps Vittorio Sabadin's already well-directed adaptation to focus mainly on the human drama of Butterfly, to speak without laughter of sex tourism - in this regard, how can we forget the magnificent show by Michieletto born at the Regio itself -, without giving much attention to that oleography of a manner that often suffocates and leads to misunderstand this masterpiece

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