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Press Reviews - Cast and Creatives

McVicar’s Butterfly wonderfully captures the essence of Puccini’s work with subtle lighting, simple design and some truly wonderful singing.’
Sunday Times (Madama Butterfly, 2002)


‘This Butterfly soars to sublime heights…Scottish Opera at its finest.’
Daily Mail (Madama Butterfly, 2000)


Yannis Thavoris’ décor and costumes capture the spirit of late 19th century Japan just as surely as Puccini’s music does.’
Financial Times (Madama Butterfly, 2000)


‘It was a joy to experience David McVicar’s sensitive, straightforward production in Yannis Thavoris’ traditional Japanese-house sets – and the audience’s ecstatic ovation at the close suggested that it was a joy to everyone else too.’
Sunday Telegraph (Madama Butterfly, 2000)

‘What pushes McVicar’s Butterfly beyond excellence is his grasp of the conflicts and traditions at play within this story, backed by Yannis Thavoris’ balmy design, which is lit beautifully by Paule Constable’.
The Stage (Madama Butterfly, 2000)

‘Scottish Opera returns the work to its traditional roots – a production of sublimely beautiful music encased in a tragic drama.’
Scottish Daily Express (Madama Butterfly, 2002)


‘In the title role, Anne-Sophie Duprels gives a performance that is absorbing and passionate.’
The Scotsman (Manon, 2009)


'An enjoyable cast is led by a fine Manon in Anne-Sophie Duprels, full of coquettish yearning.'
The Times (Manon, 2009)

‘Here in Hye-Youn Lee we have a Cio-Cio San able to deliver the startlingly difficult vocal line while simultaneously producing a convincing dramatic performance as the cruelly abandoned child bride that cannot fail to move the audience to tears.'
Oxford Times (Madama Butterfly, Grange Park Opera)

'José Ferrero’s Cavaradossi is the stable point about which Tosca’s emotional world whirled…His duet passages with Miss Glanville in the final act were by far the most emotionally successful moments of the entire evening.’
Opera Britannia (Tosca, 2012)


José Fererro, making his Scottish Opera debut…is a superlative tenor, in possession of a powerful voice and more than capable of interpreting Puccini’s full blooded arias.’
TV Bomb (Tosca, 2012)

José Ferrero’s Cavaradossi impressed by his dignity, Italianate timbre and secure top.’
Opera (Tosca, 2012)