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Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Contributed Lead singer/actress Kristine Opolais (in white) along with puppeteers and cast members during one on the many curtain calls for Madama Butterfly.

I have seen Madame Butterfly before in London and really wasn't interested in seeing it again, so I came to see it only by chance. It has completely transformed what I think of that production now, I think I'm spoiled because having combination of the puppetry, the behind the scenes interviews, actually hearing from some of the actors and feeling like I'm at the Met, seeing what it looks like (I've never been there), feeling the atmosphere, and I actually cried. That emotion for me really brought it alive, it has changed my whole outlook now on Madame Butterfly and attending the cinema to watch a live performance of an opera. I would never have done that before."

Angeline

"More people should come to see these operas, they're fabulous."

Ainsley Henriques

"A wonderful show, more modern that I thought. The music is wonderful, the scenery is excellent."

Josephine Bogues

"A fabulous production. The acting was excellent, the singing was marvellous, the storyline was superb. I felt anger at the American guy (Pinkerton), but at the same time, we have to remember that he was young. It was just terrible, heart rending for Madame Butterfly. The puppetry was amazing ... that little boy, he came to life!"

Doreen

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. What was fascinating, is the combination of live presentation with an actual performance in HD. very impressive. Having seen this one, I will be back to many more."

Commander John McFarlane

Last Saturday the audience attending Carib 5 were swept away as The Met: Live in HD continued its 10th anniversary season with a live transmission of Anthony Minghella's acclaimed production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

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An estimated 115,000 people attended in North America, earning a gross of US$2.47 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens. Outside of the US, an estimated additional 132,000 people saw it live on 800 screens in 35 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica and Morocco.

Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Dubai, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa, plus encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of Madama Butterfly to more than 300,000.

Madama Butterfly stars Kristine Opolais in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, with Dwayne Croft as Sharpless and Maria Zifchak as Suzuki. The performance was conducted by Karel Mark Chicon. The live transmission was hosted by Deborah Voigt and directed for cinema by Gary Halvorson.

The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of live transmissions to cinemas around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2,000 cinemas in 70 countries this season. It has sold more than 20 million tickets since its inception in 2006.

Madama Butterfly was the eighth of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. The next live transmission will be the Met's premiere production of Roberto Devereux (the final opera in Donizetti's Tudor Queens Trilogy) on Saturday, April 16.

Tickets are on sale for The Met Opera's 2015 - 16 season at the box offices at Palace Cineplex and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.