Went to the matinee showing of the Madame Butterfly opera. First of all, there wasn't a bad seat in the house at the Ordway. The opera itself was performed beautifully - but had it not been for the sub-titles/captions I would have been lost. This was my first opera - and I came totally ignorant except for the basic story line.
There was a very long silent, no-movement scene that dragged on forever. But aside from that it was very beautiful and the last scene where Butterfly says good-bye to her young son and commits suicide brought on the tears.
The Ordway is a wonderful venue, with easy access and fairly convenient parking. I always park at the St. Hotel/Landmark Tower parking ramp. Costs $15 for special events - spendy - but it's just across the park from the theater.
There was construction in downtown St. Paul - if you're heading down there soon - check on the construction and plan your travel time accordingly. It took me about 15 minutes more than it normally would.