BLO’s ‘Butterfly’ insistently, lyrically dramatic
The interesting thing about Giacomo Puccini's “Madama Butterfly,” with which Boston Lyric Opera opened its season on Friday, is how both the title character and the piece itself generate their stature out of sheer zeal. Butterfly’s all-consuming faith in the eventual return of Pinkerton, the caddish American naval officer she weds, burns bright enough to cast dramatic shadow on the character's essential simplicity. Likewise, the plot is formulaic and predictable — few denouements come with more aggressive foreshadowing. But Puccini's faith in his skill rivals his heroine’s devotion: “Butterfly” might be melodramatic, but so brilliantly, ruthlessly melodramatic as to summon, almost by coercion, a tragic dimension. And mostly, BLO’s new production had the good sense to keep that dramatic purity unsullied.