Opera Australia's Melbourne season of Madama Butterfly opened at the Arts Centre on Tuesday night, but so far I haven't found any reviews online. So if you were there, or if you're going to a later performance, consider yourself officially invited to share your impressions here. Is Nicole Youl a lovely Butterfly? I'd imagine she probably is. Conventional, I'm guessing, but sweet. I won't speculate about Rosario La Spina's Pinkerton. I'll have my chance to hear him in the role here next year, when he — lucky, lucky man — is paired first with Antoinette Halloran and then with Cheryl Barker.
One mildly alarming rumour has reached my virtual ears: that Tuesday night's premiere saw Pinkerton strip down to his underwear. Can it be true? Unwilling to trust my own memory, I broke my ban on Butterfly (I'm dieting before my January/February binge) and checked the DVD from 1997. And, as I expected, Pinkerton remains modestly attired throughout, removing nothing but his jacket, shoes and socks. Moffat Oxenbould is rehearsing this revival of his own magical production — has he been tweaking?
Update: One review found, at On Stage (and walls) Melbourne. No mention of the underwear...
Update #2: Breathe a sigh of relief: there's no underwear scene. See comments below.