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Madam Butterfly 3D

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Put on your Puccini glasses now

Following last year’s Carmen, London’s Royal Opera House brings another of its live stage productions to 3D screens.

Puccini’s impassioned score can’t breathe life into the dated tragedy of a Japanese geisha (Liping Zhang) given the run-around by the American naval officer (James Valenti) to whom she’s naively devoted.

Close-up intimacy dents credibility rather than increases emotional impact, given Zhang is decidedly longer in the tooth than the 15-year-old she plays. Meanwhile, the Oriental-style set’s flat minimalism works against the redundant 3D format.

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