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Your Reaction: What did you think of Madama Butterfly live in cinemas?

Audience reviews of The Royal Opera's live cinema relay of Puccini's masterpiece, starring Ermonela Jaho.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

30 March 2017 at 10.24pm | 115 Comments

What did you think of Madama Butterfly?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

The next live cinema relay of the 2016/17 Season will be The Royal Ballet's Jewels on 11 April 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

If you experienced technical issues during this live cinema relay, please email details to cinema@roh.org.uk

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

30 March 2017 at 10.24pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, cinema, Madama Butterfly, Production, your reaction

This article has 115 comments

  1. Beverley Levy-Price responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:41pm Reply

    That was the most emotional Madam Butterfly I have seen wonderful performance by Ermonela Jaho.

    • Peter Saunders responded on 4 April 2017 at 2:48pm

      Can you please tell me how far into the ROH Madame Butterfly screening the opera actually starts - I want to see the opera, not what lots of people have to say about it in advance.
      Thanks
      Peter Saunders

    • Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:14am

      Dear Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry to say that we can't tell you exactly what time the opera begins because we don't want to disturb other audience members.

      We hope you enjoy the screening very much, and please let us know what you think of it!

      Kind regards,

      Asher Korner
      Interim Assistant Content Producer

  2. Marian Simpson responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:48pm Reply

    I am traumatised. Never seen such a good Butterfly. Can't stop crying. So real. Sublime singing and acting. Bravo Bravo Jaho.

  3. Derek Barron responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:51pm Reply

    Loved it, although Butterfly and Pinkerton were central and wonderful, I loved Suzuki, she felt real and her voice matched Butterfly for enchantment.

  4. Franziska Jäger responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:54pm Reply

    Outstanding performance and voice. Can't imagine to hear a better butterfly.Deeply touched. Falkensee/Germany

    • Ann Seyfang responded on 31 March 2017 at 2:58am

      I couldn't agree more. I think Jaho is the best Butterfly in my opera going life. So real in her dramatic Japanese movements and has a voice that was full of passion. She also managed to show a maturing of character that was highly unusual. Pappano was right to say she was a wonderful choice to sing the role. So good to see him conducting too - a very balletic style.

  5. Virginia Bruno responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:55pm Reply

    Wonderful performance, especially Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.
    "Butterfly" seemed to have a little cough but she was mesmerising, nevertheless.

  6. Jane Cruddas responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:57pm Reply

    Incredible performance so emotional couldn't stop crying The best I have seen !

  7. Steph responded on 30 March 2017 at 10:58pm Reply

    #ROHbutterfly live cinema
    Superbly sung by all, and beautifully orchestrated performance; thank you. Sadly somewhat disappointed that the commentary beforehand and during the interval gave away all the secrets and left nothing to surprise a first time viewer of this opera. Perhaps in future a spoilers alert could be announced! Or better still leave the commentary until after the performance?

  8. Alastair Lawson responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:05pm Reply

    A lovely evening a superb production : No gimmicks Puccini would have been happy

  9. Lynne Saint responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:06pm Reply

    Amazing, powerful and emotional Madama Butterfly. The strength of the orchestra and cast together, words cannot express. Simply splendid. Thank you

  10. Sheila Sackman responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:10pm Reply

    Such a fantastic Butterfly, very emotional, best I've seen. Brilliant performances.

  11. Paul responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:13pm Reply

    Wonderful production, great music voices and drama but spoilt by the dozens of loss of audio. Was it the Cinema as they said it was the fault of the live feed. Do we need to look for another cinema or will the Encore be a recorded screening and not live transmission? Can you let a new viewer know.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:39pm

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I'm very sorry to hear you experienced sound issues during last night's relay of Madama Butterfly. There were no general issues with the feed on the night, so I will contact you separately via email so we can follow up on this.

      The Encore is a recorded version of what is transmitted live on the night, so any local problems experienced should hopefully not reoccur. Please have a look here for further listings.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  12. Terence Dawson responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:13pm Reply

    Attended Cine de Lux in Bristol for the live streaming of Madama Butterfly. I have been fortunate enough to see Ms Jaho at the ROH on three occasions (2 Suor Angelicas!) so not surprised that her Cio Cio San turned out to be the best I have ever seen in 40yrs of opera going. However the theatrical illusion was totally destroyed by the over use of the cinemagraphic close up! Surely your directors are aware that we attend a live relay for an operatic experience. not a filmic one.

    • Shelagh Rabbett responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:12pm

      Agree totally that the camera should have stayed back. Totally spoiled the illusion but wonderful production particularly Ermonela Jaho as Butterfly.

    • Carol Jean Young responded on 1 April 2017 at 3:22pm

      Agree with all those who commented on the unhappy use of camera close-ups for this production. This was a major distraction for cinema viewers. When the singers need lavish amounts of stage makeup they are not very attractive seen close up. Usually the camera work for the live broadcasts is much more aware of this.

  13. Dennis Walder responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:14pm Reply

    Wonderful singing all round but especially the stunning Butterfly - whose face in close up was sometimes not a good idea. Brilliant set and production not consistently well served by filming. Having a live child onstage seemed unnecessarily distracting.

  14. Sue Paramore responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:19pm Reply

    Cinema in France. The depth of emotion engendered by the combined performances was palpable. We were all drained. Merveilleuse

  15. Ann Popham responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:20pm Reply

    Truly wonderful performance especially, from Ermonela Jaho, powerful, passionate and utterly heart breaking .

  16. Verina Bishop responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:21pm Reply

    A wonderful production. Butterfly gave a tremendously powerful performance and her son was a star. For a young boy to be able to act as he did was very moving.

  17. Katherine Lister responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:29pm Reply

    Thank you so much for live screening because without it I would not have seen tonight's performance of Madame Butterfly. Ermonela Jaho was amazing, I was in tears by the end. All the singing was excellent, the staging was superb, but the night belongs to Jaho. I don't ever want to see another production of Butterfly as nothing will compare to tonight's performance.

  18. Colin Hiughes responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:32pm Reply

    Fabulous! Emotionally drained , All the cast were great ,but Ermonela Jaho was incredible. Well done everyone.

  19. Rita Ryan responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:36pm Reply

    First opera me and my husband have seen it was fantastic we will go again.By showing it at the Vue it has opened the door to lots of people unable to get to the opera house.Many thanks !

  20. Delia responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:41pm Reply

    Phenomenal absolutely amazing my first opera and I am simply blown away . What an amazing cast wow just wow !!

  21. ROSALIND BARRETT responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:48pm Reply

    FANTASTIC! MANY THANKS. LAST SEEN DECADES AGO AT THE ROH. THE LITTLE BOY WAS 100% AMAZING AS WAS PINKERTON, QUITE WONDERFUL! AND THE WORDS.........SUBLIME

  22. Consuelo responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:54pm Reply

    I've just seen Madame Butterfly. It's been fantanstic. Thankyou for such a wonderful representation

  23. Joy Hancock responded on 30 March 2017 at 11:58pm Reply

    Heart wrenching wonderful performance...best we've ever seen,thank you.

  24. Brendagoldie responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:12am Reply

    Climax when petals were scattered in antisipation . Even the conductor was amazing .they must b exhausted fabulous.

  25. Pauline oconnell responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:34am Reply

    Beautiful Madame Butterfly at tonight's live in cinemas ,best I have seen, little boy fantastic, think the role of madama Butterfly is more suited to a younger soprano, or perhaps a more toned down face makeup would have been preferable ,still very excellent performance from all the cast.

  26. Gwendolyn Horn responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:45am Reply

    Absolutely amazing performance tonight - Ermonela Jason was wonderful vocally and dramatically. I kept holding my breath!

  27. Stefano Pigliapoco responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:46am Reply

    La più emozionante Butterfly che abbia visto. È stato uno spettacolo di altissima qualità sia a livello vocale (la Jaho ERA Butterfly) sia a livello interpretativo (raramente si incontrano cantanti viene siano anche attori Consumati!).

  28. Pat Lowndes responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:57am Reply

    It was beautiful ,moving ,sad .WONDERFUL . Thank you to the cast ,the orchestra .everyone . It was part of my mothers day present from my daughter .

  29. Anne-Marie O'Sullivan responded on 31 March 2017 at 1:27am Reply

    From the cinema in Stillorgan, Dublin, Rebublic of Ireland the ROH Orchestra sounded wonderful as always. The presenter, the interviews and the clips were wonderful. However, the sound from the stage during the performance was extremely poor, resulting in a very disappointing experience for the audience here. Wonderful orchestra, lovely staging, beautiful costumes but we need to HEAR the singers.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:31pm

      Hi Anne-Marie,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We are very sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience of Madama Butterfly yesterday due to poor sound. There weren't any general issues with the satellite feed so we will investigate this issue further with your local cinema.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  30. Giulia Breakwell responded on 31 March 2017 at 2:25am Reply

    Superb singing, matched by exquisite orchestral playing. A simply wonderful evening !!

  31. Jan Jones responded on 31 March 2017 at 3:27am Reply

    Butterfly is amazing at Spalding viewing.i'll be looking out for more opera in the future.

  32. F Rushworth responded on 31 March 2017 at 6:24am Reply

    Best Butterfly for me. Truly amazing. Wonderful performances by all, mesmerising.
    However, have to agree that snippets of the opera shown before it started was a thumbs down for me.
    Why would you do that?

  33. Corina Cojocaru responded on 31 March 2017 at 6:44am Reply

    Incredible performance. Fantastic Madama Butterfly. Thank you.

  34. Karen Boulter responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:44am Reply

    Breathtaking,emotional,brilliant,amazing,I could go on,,suffice to say I'm still re-living the performance,one that will stay with me for a long time.

  35. Annie Hornsby responded on 31 March 2017 at 8:17am Reply

    I have seen this opera many times but this performance ( at a Clacton Cinema) was the most moving and superb one. Amazing production, singing and acting.

  36. Alan Shellard responded on 31 March 2017 at 8:18am Reply

    We saw it at the Odeon In Trowbridge wiltshire. It was a superb night and the cast was outstanding, Butterfly was amazing. However the event was tarnished by several short breaks breaks in the audio stream. As no other poster has mentioned this agrivation I con only deduce that the audio problem was only in the cinema we attended. Great shame the broke the emotion at some dramatic arias.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:25pm

      Hi Alan,

      I'm sorry to hear you experienced these issues during last night's live relay of Madama Butterfly. I have followed up with you separately via email.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  37. Lesley Long responded on 31 March 2017 at 8:27am Reply

    What an incredible performance. So powerful, the cast and orchestra were superb. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see it at the cinema in West Wales. Thank you.

  38. Simply stunning -I've been lucky enough to see ROH productions of this twice before - once a full performance in 2003 and two years ago in rehearsal but this was wonderful and to be able to see the artistes close up is terrific (I've only seen it from the Amphitheatre seats in live performance). Thank you for a fabulous evening

  39. Tom Ashmore responded on 31 March 2017 at 9:27am Reply

    This performance was wonderful,just one thing for improvement a seat in the ROH. Oh to have been there Ms Jaho

  40. Nicholas Maguire responded on 31 March 2017 at 9:58am Reply

    [This comment has been edited as per our community guidelines]
    It was SO cringeworthy. The cliche Japanese element was basically embarrassing: Japan of that period was becoming a modern power, we were given The Mikado. A middle aged woman playing a fifteen year old ? And no she didn't carry it off. Someone needs to have a word in her ear or that of the casting director. Madama Butterfly may be very much of its period but as a work of fiction/art it is very much on par Mills & Boon. Of course the aria Un bel di vedremo was beautiful but nothing much else was.

    • penelope simpson responded on 31 March 2017 at 6:28pm

      If you disapprove of Madama Butterfly so much, one wonders why you went to see it?

      The story is what it is. It may not fit today's values but it remains a wonderful work, both dramatically and musically. What a shame you were unable to appreciate it.

  41. Mary Roese responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:13am Reply

    Very disappointing broadcast in Hereford we left after the sound disappeared and the picture broke up. We had our money refunded.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:10pm

      Hi Mary,

      I'm sorry to hear there were issues in your local cinema. We will contact you separately for more information.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  42. Hugh responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:14am Reply

    I have seen Madam Butterfly five times but up until now never really appreciated the full emotional impact. Ermonela Jaho was simply astounding. For me, the highlight was when she was searching for the name of the ship and then saw it - Abraham Lincoln. Gave me goosebumps. So much false hope and expectation...

  43. Stuart Newman responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:19am Reply

    Enthralling, very powerful. But could we zoom out to the proscenium arch a bit more? Too many closeups of teeth.

  44. Noel Patrick responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:25am Reply

    Bravo to one and all at the Royal Opera House. Last night at 'The Odeon' Belfast was simply fantastic! Words cannot express the appreciation I feel for a truly wonderful performance of Madama Butterfly.
    The whole production was excellent- Orchestra,Supporting Cast and Chorus, however, Bravo Pappano, Bravo Jaho and Bravo Puente.
    To see a lead performer 'give and commit' heart and soul is a rare privilege; Ermonela Jaho is such an artiste.
    The night could only have been improved for me by actually being there in The Royal Opera House in person! Again 'thank-you' one and all.

  45. When I lived in London, I saw Tosca a couple of times, but now I live far away and so I'm very grateful for modern technology allowing me to catch my first ever Butterfly. It was wonderful to hear familiar things like "One fine day" and "The humming chorus" in their proper context. How does Puccini convey psychology so well in music? And what wonderful singers! It was very moving.

  46. anne responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:41am Reply

    MY HUSBAND AND I WERE BOTH ENTHRALLED BEYOND BELIEF. AN AMAZING EVENING. TO FEEL AS THOUGH YOU WERE PART OF THE OPERA TAKING PLACE ON STAGE AND NOT SITTING WATCHING IT FROM A CINEMA SEAT - WELL! ALL THE PERFORMANCES WERE GREAT BUT EMONELA JAHO WAS SIMPLY BRILLIANT. A WONDERFUL VOICE BUT HER ACTING TOO WAS SPECTACULAR. WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO SEE PRODUCTIONS LIKE THIS WHERE WE LIVE AND WISH TO CONVEY OUR THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED.

  47. Pamela Woodcock responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:57am Reply

    Fantastic - still on a high from last night - more please!!

  48. EJK responded on 31 March 2017 at 11:13am Reply

    Amazing performance! I saw the opera in cinema in Rotterdam. Just a pity that at the beginning of the 3th act the screen froze for about 5 minutes. Just at a crucial point in the opera. Performing and conducting were excellent, but the screen direction could be better. Too many close ups forcing your sight in a not always wanted direction.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:17pm

      Hi there,

      We are delighted that you enjoyed last night’s production of Madama Butterfly.

      Many thanks for contacting us regarding the frozen screen. We are very sorry to hear about this. There were no general issues with the satellite feed so we will investigate this issue further with your local cinema.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  49. Clive Jones responded on 31 March 2017 at 12:36pm Reply

    We went to Hereford odeon to watch Madame Butterfly last night. The picture and sound started to break up immediately, followed by a complete breakdown of sound After waiting for half hour with no improvement, we left the cinema and were refunded. Seriously disappointed.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:16pm

      Hi Clive,

      We are very sorry to hear about your experience of viewing our live relay of Madama Butterfly last night.

      There were no general issues with the satellite feed so we will investigate this issue with your local cinema to hopefully resolve it for future screenings. Thank you for bringing this this to our attention.

      Best wishes,
      Jimmy

      ROH Cinema

  50. Malize responded on 31 March 2017 at 1:29pm Reply

    Wonderful performances and staging but spoilt by the close ups of butterfly, looking like a 50 year old. Please could ROH show us more long lens shots so that it resembles more closely the live theatre experience?
    There were also three sharp breaks in the audio transmission, for some reason.

  51. Eseranza Robers responded on 31 March 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

    BRAVO BRAVO! Wonderful performance of
    Madama Butterfly I left crying. Thanks for a magnificent evening , from Alicante, Spain

  52. Judith Milburn responded on 31 March 2017 at 1:43pm Reply

    Last night's performance was outstanding. It was our first experience of a live streaming, and certainly won't be our last. Both leads were superb. My husband has never seen Butterfly before and was bowled over.

  53. JIW responded on 31 March 2017 at 1:57pm Reply

    I saw it in a cinema in Northern Ireland and was really moved by it. Fantastic singing, acting, music, set... Singers sung and looked fantastic but please spare us all those close-ups. Make-up of actors was not prepared for that. This almost ruined all the pleasure.

  54. Nicolette James responded on 31 March 2017 at 2:16pm Reply

    Saw this in Lecce, Italy. Amazingly moving performance, lovely voices and staging. Only one criticism: Mme Butterfly's make-up! At times she looked about 80 or resembled a vampire! Suzuki looked younger!

  55. Pat Lowndes responded on 31 March 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

    About the make-up ,I'm not sure but in the Theatre the audience would not have been as close as the Cinema audience .So I think that may be why it was so dramatic .

  56. James Gordon responded on 31 March 2017 at 3:01pm Reply

    This production is just about everything the new Meistersinger is not – for (mostly) good and (sometimes) bad. It tells a story and allows singer-actors to create believable characters who interact with each other. If over all it is less penetrating than McVicar’s equally period setting for Scottish Opera, it has enough new insights to provide stimulation to those of us familiar with the piece. Some of the japonnaiserie is a bit cringeworthy (no doubt more so on the big screen than from most seats in the house) and a few key moments seem to be missed (e.g. no explanatory gesture from Goro as Pinkerton first sees the dagger – or did I just miss it?).

    Jaho of course is the star of the show – were it otherwise, the evening would be a failure. Her emotional rollercoaster over the final hour or so is a tour-de-force. It is hard to imagine the last scene done better. Puente does nothing wrong, but I have yet to see an ideal Pinkerton. This must be one of the hardest characters to bring off, particularly given the other roles that singers with the right kind of voice tend to be playing. I almost prefer the original version without Addio, fioriti asil, which simply holds up the action - I really don’t care what Pinkerton is feeling by this stage. Having a Suzuki and Sharpless of the calibre of Deshong and Hendricks makes the drama genuinely three-dimensional – and when will we see Yuriy Yurchuk in a bigger role? Having a live child is not distracting, it’s essential, and last night’s Harry Langton was outstanding, not just present but genuinely engaged with what was going on around him.

    Pappano and the orchestra seemed more nuanced and comfortable than a fortnight ago in Wagner. Maybe this was partly due to the production supporting rather than distracting them. The interval rehearsal features amply demonstrate Pappano's command of both textual detail (the Italian libretto) and the orchestral texture and how they reinforce each other.

    Who knows what will eventually replace this production? Just now, I can imagine a near-contemporary staging which presents us with future Commander-in-Chief D.J. Pinkerton…

    Please don’t immediately follow the end of the first act with entirely unrelated music advertising something else.

  57. Madame butterfly responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:03pm Reply

    Saw this live screening in Kendal, Cumbria ,last night and was overwhelmed. Absolutely fantastic. Enjoyed Il Travatora but did not like Amadeus.

  58. Mary Hindle responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:28pm Reply

    Wonderful wonderful production but marred by sound muffled and slightly out of sync as well as breaks in transmission.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 3 April 2017 at 10:25am

      Hi Mary,

      I'm sorry to hear there were issues with the sound as well as breaks in transmission at your local cinema. I will email you separately for more details, many thanks for letting us know.

      Best wishes,
      Jimmy

      ROH Cinema

  59. Mary Curry responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:29pm Reply

    A wonderful performance. I so enjoyed it and the performance of all the artistes was amazing. So good to be able to see quality opera without the long trip to London.

  60. David Richards responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:41pm Reply

    Emanuela Jaho was the best butterfly I have ever seen and I have seen well over 50 sopranos in this role. A truly brilliant singer actor with an enormous range of appropriate tone colours and dynamic range. Surely a DVD of this performance will soon be available?

  61. Liz Reid responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:46pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful experience; superb singing and acting. Haven't had such good value for money for ages. Thankyou ROH.

  62. Sheila Barrett responded on 31 March 2017 at 4:55pm Reply

    I have seen many productions of Madama Butterfly but for me this was THE DEFINITIVE production. Thank you all for such a magical evening. The music and singing were inspirational and utterly moving. Will there be a DVD to remember it forever?

  63. P Moyse responded on 31 March 2017 at 6:12pm Reply

    Wonderful evening. However the experience was spoiled by hearing music for upcoming ballet and opera. It destroyed the mood especially at the end of Act 1.

  64. Annemaria & Frank Mayne responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

    Saw Madama Butterfly at Cineworld Bexleyheath last night. WOW! what a fantastic performance. This was our first opera and never thought we would enjoy it so much. Looking forward to the next and hope, one day, to see Madama Butterfly live at the Opera House. Congrats to all the cast particularly Butterfly and Suzuki. So very emotional.

  65. Reginald Tripp responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:14pm Reply

    Absolutrly stunning performance all round. The singing and acting was stupendous. I shall certainly seek out Ermonela Jaho in future productions. My only criticism is in the filming. Too many close ups. Otherwise perfect in the cinema, but better to be there in the RHO of course..

  66. Pat daly responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:33pm Reply

    Last nite was my first opera, I brought my parents who are in their 80s for the treat. They were familiar with the opera I was only familiar with the story. It has been a long long time since I've been so emotionally drained with music and theatre like I was after last nites streaming. Bravo to the entire cast and orchestra but especially to Butterfly. Thank you

  67. Carole Miller responded on 31 March 2017 at 7:46pm Reply

    A wonderful production of Madama Butterfly,superb singing and costumes and orchestra. I only wish the sound was not so loud that it was distorted on high notes and duets. I have been told on previous occasions that everything is controlled by the ROH, and another time that it was all done by Edinburgh. I have been to performances at another venue which did not seem to have these problems. I wish my local cinema (Vue, Livingston) could solve this, as I welcome the opportunity to see these productions which I would otherwise only read about.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 3 April 2017 at 10:16am

      Hi Carole,

      I'm sorry to hear that there are consistent volume issues at your cinema. The ROH provides recommended sound levels for our broadcasts, but it is the venue that ultimately controls the volume.

      We will feedback your comments to the cinema and work with them to try to resolve the issue for future screenings. Many thanks for letting us know, and I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed the production.

      Best wishes,
      Jimmy

      ROH Cinema

  68. Jane Thornley responded on 31 March 2017 at 8:06pm Reply

    Saw at High Wycombe . Amazing fabulous and I cried like a baby . So emotional and Jaho was fabulous . I do think that more full views of the stage would have been better and less close ups . But if there was a second showing I would be at the front of queue . The encore showing on Sunday 2nd has misleading marketing as people could think live screening rather than recording .

  69. Good to hear all the reviews and my friend and I were fortunate to see a perfect live screening at The Vu, Newcastle, Staffs. The performances, on which most reviewers agreed, were outstanding. Magnificent and wonderful to be offered the opportunity to see/hear such outside London. However, as others have mentioned, the extreme close ups almost ruined the experience. We expect as near theatre experience as possible, please. Thank you.

  70. Dave Stears responded on 31 March 2017 at 8:57pm Reply

    I saw this in the Vue cinema in Paignton, Devon. The performance of Ermonela Jaho as Butterfly was magical. Her voice was perfection, the set and scenery atmospheric. If I lived nearer to London I would be going many times to see this. I always shed many tears when I hear thsi opera as the music is both evocative and powerful. I thank the cast and all associated with the production for what will be for me a memorable and lifetime experience.

  71. Sandra McDonough responded on 31 March 2017 at 9:42pm Reply

    A wonderful evening at Leighton Buzzard Library

  72. DAVID Morrish responded on 31 March 2017 at 10:00pm Reply

    Caught the performance at the gorgeous " Carlton" Cinema at Westgate on Sea a fabulous venue! A meszmerising production :in 2014 areas the " transmission" of M B from Sydney Harbour that was spectacular but !Astronomy nights drama laid it bare and Emonela Jaho's performance was extraordinary and perfect in every sense!
    How privileged was all were but especially those of us at The Carlton!!!!

  73. Geoffrey newman responded on 31 March 2017 at 11:01pm Reply

    Wonderful performance, but can't help but agree with previous comments about camera work. The first relay I ever saw was La Boheme, with a fixed camera showing the whole stage - it was like being in the theatre itself, and much more enjoyable.

  74. Michael de Navarro responded on 1 April 2017 at 12:20am Reply

    The more i hear this piece, the more I dislike it. I know Puccini appears to side with Butterfly, but I fear that he enjoys her torture (see too Liu in Turandot). But it was wonderfully done. Ermonella Jaho was even more moving than she had been in Suor Angelica and our wonderful music director had recovered his form (missing I thought in Meistersinger). A fabulously simple and accurate production which simply told the tale very well without some extraneous concept, which I liked better than Minghella's splendid puppet show at ENO. The blindfolded child was the killer.

  75. Sarah Conway responded on 1 April 2017 at 6:17am Reply

    We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing performance in Tel Aviv. The singing was mesmorizing. A big thank you to all those who made it possible. But I agee with other comments that have been made, the extreme close ups were distracting and somewhat unnecessary for theatre.

  76. Moya Loughnane responded on 1 April 2017 at 10:28am Reply

    This was also the best Butterfly I have ever seen for all the reasons already mentioned..but like some others..I don't think Cio Cio San's make up was suitable for live broadcast..It had the effect of making a very beautiful woman look old and unattractive..The opposite to what was intended I am sure and very distracting! I attended in the Eye cinema in Galway Ireland...we too had several breaks in transmission the whole way through...but still a truly magical experience that continues to hold space in my heart

  77. Penny Sheardown responded on 1 April 2017 at 2:26pm Reply

    A fabulous performance but the experience was spoiled by the close up camera work. Butterfly's grief was conveyed through her voice, her movement and body language and facial expressions. The close ups diluted this effect and detracted from the quality of the perormance. The make up is not designed to be viewed in close up and this practice in all live feeds invariably spoils the experience for me. Please reconsider this approach to filming live feeds.

  78. Wendy Brooks responded on 1 April 2017 at 2:39pm Reply

    Unfortunately the screening at Vue cinema Leicester had no sound at all so after a few minutes we were all refunded. Hopefully the Encore will prove successful tomorrow afternoon.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 3 April 2017 at 10:01am

      Hi Wendy,

      I'm very sorry to hear about the sound failure at your cinema. We are currently investigating what the problem was so that future screenings will run more smoothly. Many thanks for letting us know.

      Best wishes,

      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  79. Christine Nicholson responded on 1 April 2017 at 3:04pm Reply

    This was my first opera. Having been brought up listening to Madama Butterfly I was determined to give it a go.

    It was a most wonderful experience to see this performance coming live to us through cinema and I am still feeling the pain of Butterfly. The singing must be the best ever or I am in for more surprises.

  80. Eric Jones responded on 1 April 2017 at 3:36pm Reply

    Knew the story but never seen the opera. Mt wife and I were totally blown away. Jaho and Deshong were absolutely awesome. We have watched live streaming before but this was the best. Careful with the close-ups though.

  81. Michael Stevens responded on 1 April 2017 at 5:32pm Reply

    Very moving. It was like being involved in the real thing. On TV they say to phone a number if you've been affected by the performance. The ROH needs such a number if they're going to do this to us!

  82. alan smedley responded on 1 April 2017 at 5:37pm Reply

    This was the 1st time my wife & I have watched "live"opera & despite the theatre being half empty & extremely uncomfortable we were blown away by the performance,definitely wetted our appetite!

  83. Shoshi Zuckerman responded on 1 April 2017 at 6:25pm Reply

    We saw this fantastic performances in Israel. The sound was excellent and the singers on screen much better then in the actual hall. It was a close up which can not be in the normal hall.
    Waiting to see the next Opera.

  84. José Vicente responded on 1 April 2017 at 6:27pm Reply

    It was really fantastic, wonderful and completely recommended.
    My first experience watching Opera in live cinema.
    Excellent interpretation from Ermonela Jaho, and congratulations to the whole Team and the fantastic and profesional orquesta.Also special mention to Suzuki (Elizabeth DeShong)
    It is the most emotional Madam Butterfly I have seen.
    Special regards from Alzira, Valencia, Spain.
    Un abrazo.

  85. Margaret Hargrave responded on 1 April 2017 at 8:24pm Reply

    We saw the stream line Madame Butterfly direct here in Spain, felt that the presentation was fabulous particularly as having seen live opera productions in Italy we sometimes struggled seeing certain parts of the scenery seeing the large screen made the production more alive.
    One very very slight criticism was the make up of Emanuela Joha however this may have been because the screen version highlighted the cosmetic makeup.
    An overall 10 xthoroughly enjoyed it .

  86. Lesley Cooper responded on 2 April 2017 at 8:30am Reply

    Beautiful singing, wonderful emotions - have never disliked P so much before. Unfortunately as others have said the whole experience was spoilt by far too many close ups especially of B's face which looked far too old and I could even see the wig join! Distracted from whole experience.

  87. david cosiello responded on 2 April 2017 at 6:13pm Reply

    Talking of the make up , the person who seemed to dislike it most was the young man who played Sorrow , forgive me cant recall his name . At the curtain call ,Jaho give him a smacker on the cheek and his face was a picture . He then tried to clean it off with his shoulder.

  88. Diana Yates responded on 2 April 2017 at 7:45pm Reply

    Just been to see the Encore Madama Butterfly at Odeon cinema in Basingstoke wonderful and at times heartbreaking performances all round but as has been previously reported breakdown in sound at least four times which was a pity.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 3 April 2017 at 9:57am

      Hi Diana,

      I'm sorry to hear about these issues experiences at your cinema. There were no general issues with the sound during the Encore transmission so we will investigate this with the venue. Many thanks for letting us know.

      Best wishes,
      Jimmy

      ROH Cinema

  89. Carole Venables responded on 2 April 2017 at 10:15pm Reply

    Wonderful singing and emotional performance from Ermonella Jaho. I thoroughly endorse the comments about the close ups however. I go to all the live screenings and wish we saw all the stage as we would if in the theatre. It was particularly bad for Butterfly this time. Please make it less cinematic and more like a theatre experience. Still loved it though!!!

  90. Roger Taylor responded on 2 April 2017 at 11:08pm Reply

    We saw Madame Butterfly in a cinema on Sunday 2nd April. What an incredible performance from Ermolena Jaho. This was a performance of amazing emotional intensity. This was combined with Antonio Pappano's musical intelligence. And what a great performance of the role of Suzuki by Elizabeth Deshong, which enhanced the significance of the role.

  91. Ian Prior responded on 3 April 2017 at 1:04am Reply

    Wonderful, we have seen Madam Butterfly several times before and did think this ranked up here with the best. Great singing, great musicians, great direction etc. It was so good that Pinkerton got a well timed 'boo!' In our cinema in Wirksworth, Derbyshire during the walk-ons at the end! More please.

  92. Nicola Cassell responded on 3 April 2017 at 7:49am Reply

    Absolutely wonderful but will there be an encore performance at some time, I have to see it again. Please

  93. Monica Valero Castillo responded on 3 April 2017 at 3:43pm Reply

    Absolutely amazing! I could not stop crying. All the cast made an incredible, but Ms Jaho was superb. I still don't know how can she come back to normal after such a great performance.

  94. Catherine Collins responded on 3 April 2017 at 3:48pm Reply

    Great production, singing and the orchestra was superb. Like other comments, I did feel that there were too many closeups, and perhaps future camera-work could have more variety. I saw the New York Mets production of Madama Butterfly live on screen and the camera-work was more varied than the Covent Garden screening. However, to finish, this production showed the anguish faced by Butterfly.

  95. Philip Hyne responded on 3 April 2017 at 10:38pm Reply

    I didn't sleep that night - the music wouldn't stop, and the emotion in the performance was overwhelming. I was totally captivated with Jaho's singing to Pappano's orchestra; there wasn't one singer in the entire cast that I could take issue with. Heartrending stuff. Of all streamed operas I've seen this is one I'd love to get on DVD. I'm just so grateful that I can watch such magical performances in my local cinema. Thank you so much.

  96. william glynne hughes responded on 4 April 2017 at 1:57pm Reply

    I wish someone would praise Giacomo Puccini for once rather than take his gift for granted! Composing Madama Butterfly took place at a difficult time for the composer but he raised himself above it all!

  97. Ann Molnar responded on 3 May 2017 at 3:23pm Reply

    My granddaughter and I saw this wonderful Madama Butterfly on screen in Elmsford, New York. This was the first opera she experienced and while she read the story first, we were both surprised and disappointed that there were no sub/supra titles. This minor complaint is not to say that we didn't enjoy the glorious voices, emotional acting and the production. Thank you for offering this in a setting wherein we can participate.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 3 May 2017 at 5:26pm

      Dear Ann,

      I'm very sorry to hear that there were no subtitles during your screening of Madama Butterfly. Our live and recorded operas should always have them available.

      I will send your feedback to our international distributor, so hopefully the issue will be fixed in preparation for future screenings. Many thanks for letting us know.

      Best wishes,
      Jimmy
      ROH Cinema

  98. Phil responded on 24 June 2017 at 7:25pm Reply

    My first full live opera and this tough 59 year old, cried. So beautifully performed and so tragic a story. A wonderful experience, never to be forgotten.

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