Maria Fiselier has a lovely rich mezzo-soprano voice, evenly produced and her Suzuki was a miracle of discreet poise, always in the background but providing fine support for Duprels. The two women developed a highly believable relationship and I sense that we will encounter Fiselier in some far more showy roles as her voice develops. She is certainly a singer I want to her again. But of course, as act two develops, it is on Butterfly that our attention stays, though Fiselier provided discreet support throughout.
Gomes has a confident stage manner and gave an easy picture of Pinkerton as thoughtless charmer. I have heard Luis Gomes a number of times both at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with British Youth Opera. He has always impressed, but this performance was the first time I had heard him in core Italian repertoire (previous operas had been by Britten, Ned Rorem and Smetana). He has a lovely, well produced Italianate voice which he combines expressively with a confident stage manner. His vocal production was gloriously easy throughout the whole range, which is quite something for a young tenor in this style of opera.