Glossy triumph of empty style

[Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2005]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Madam Butterfly at the Coliseum
Being a great admirer of his films, I had high hopes of the director Anthony Minghella’s first foray into opera. And how can anyone seriously fail with a drama as hard-hitting as Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, one of the most culturally influential masterpieces of the 20th-century?