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Kristine Opolais as Madama Butterfly.

BRATTLEBORO >> The Met: Live in HD will simulcast Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," hosted by Matthew Polenzani at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

Anthony Minghella's breathtaking production stars Kristine Opolais And Roberto Alagna. Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role of Madama Butterfly.

The New York Observer said, "This jewel of understated direction and sleekly minimal design ennobles the familiar narrative, elevating the melodramatic story of a Japanese child bride abandoned by her American husband to a poignant tragedy [Kristine Opolais] is the most compelling Met Cio-Cio-San since Diana Soviero last sang the role here nearly 20 years ago Ms. Opolais is what is called a "singing actor": In her performance, vocal and dramatic expression are tightly entwined Even considered narrowly as a vocalist, Ms. Opolais is a fine artist. In the middle register especially she sings with an easy, instinctive-sounding use of portamento, the gentle gliding between notes that invests Italian music with warmth and intimacy She is a bold artist, the kind of singer who makes attending the opera a transformative pleasure.



Tickets are $22 general admission, $20 Met Club Forevever members, and $10 for students. Call Sharry Manning 802-257-5717, for advance credit card purchases or questions.