“All the performers clearly had the benefit of Stefanos Koroneos’s sensitive direction”.
OPERA NEWS | ERIC MAYERS
“Stefanos Koroneos created moments of high aesthetics, which may not be unknown to those who know the syntax of international representation, but transformed into an image the magical and extreme dramatic music of Mozart for a work written 240 years ago (premiered in Munich on January 29, 1781), giving it a modern look at the age of internet and electronic music.
Fortunately, great directorial importance was given to the design of the lighting (Dimitris Koutas), especially in the group stages, creating wonderful images of great artistic power. Thus memorable scenes were recorded in my memory, such as the storm with the eerie white light and the ethereal transparency waving with the rhythms of the sea, the crimson bathing like the blood of Idomeneus, Idamante and Electra, the hysterical scene of Electra among the crowd, he has lost Idamante and is overflowing with rage.”
G. PUCCINI, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, BOHEME OPERA, 2022
““Butterfly,” directed by Stefanos Koroneos, it is a blessed boon that allows the beauty of Puccini’s music, the pathos of one of literature’s saddest stories, and the abundant talents of Koroneos’ uniformly excellent cast to be elegantly exposed and unceasingly gripping.
In place of flash and flare, Koroneos opts for the straightforward and direct. His is a realistic “Butterfly” that depicts extraordinary events in an ordinary way seemingly akin to how even the dramatic unfolds in life. The approach is counterintuitively effective. It makes each moment of the opera important and creates its own brand of intensity. Koroneos’ simplicity, coupled with Pucciatti’s perfect tempo, allows you to see the wealth of thoughts going on in each character’s mind as he or she sings. It makes for an expressive yet introspective articulation of all that “Butterfly’s” various storytellers — John Luther Long (the story’s original writer), David Belasco (the playwright that brought it to the stage), and Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (the opera’s librettists) — provide for the performers to relate.
Out of simplicity comes complexity that elicits emotions more intimately and essentially than high dudgeon and exaggerated drama would. The Boheme production of “Madama Butterfly” is lovely and affecting because it stays within human bounds, lets you clearly see and understand what the lead characters — Butterfly, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Suzuki, and Goro — believe and consider, and makes the tragedy to come more desolating and poignant”.
– PRINCENTON INFO | Neal Zoren
“Conceived and directed by Stefanos Koroneos and sung in Italian with English supertitles, this performance was highly entertaining and gave the audience more than a few thrilling moments”
– TOWNTOPICS.COM | Nancy Plum
RICCARDO ZANDONAI, GIULIETTA E ROMEO, BATTERY PARK CITY 2022
“Stefanos Koroneos used the small outdoor stage to maximum effect and drawing committed performances from his cast.”
– OPERA NEWS | Eric Myers
“Stefanos Koroneos’s production told the story clearly, with logical blocking in a cramped space that nonetheless allowed for balcony scenes and convincing stage combat.”
– OPERA-LONDON | David Shengold
Flisvos Magazine | Elena Mathiopoulou
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FreeSunday.gr | Christina Laskar
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