Madam Butterfly

Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly
English National Opera / cond. Michael Lloyd / dir. Graham Vick

“Butterfly was wooed, won and abandoned by the vocally seductive and highly experienced Pinkerton of David Rendall. The first tenor to sing the role in this production, he has over the years honed his portrayal of the US navy lieutenant: smug and smirking as he entertains the Consul, sneering at Butterfly’s swarming relations, and condescending of her timid attempts to excuse her pathetic belongings. Rendall is both familiar and at ease with the role’s vocal demands: his clarion tenor rang out with brash insouciance in Pinkerton’s boasting to Sharpless, but switched to honeyed tones for the love duet as the insensitive hero succumbs to the emotion so powerfully expressed in the music. His singing throughout was finely controlled.”
Margaret Davies, Opera, August 2000