Madama Butterfly
Seattle Opera

"Production is Gripping"

The production is straight forward but not lacking in imagination. Drama is omnipresent.

David Gately, who made his Seattle Opera debut in 1992 with a lively, engaged reading of Rossiin's "The Barber of Seville" was the stage director. With few exceptions, his staging is a world apart from the standard "Butterfly." With Gately, there are a myriad of details that illustrate the story and define characters and their relations to one another.

There is a meticulous side to Gately, such as the form of Butterfly's ritual suicide.

— Seattle Post-Intelligencer