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I found this on the website of Kazuki Yamada's "other" orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. The tenets are diametrically opposed to those of the CBSO. " Food and beverages may not be consumed in the concert hall.  6. Photography and recording  It is strictly forbidden to film, photograph or record.  Mobile phones must be switched off for the duration of the show." Is he happy with a foot in both camps?
  Puccini,‘Madama Butterfly’ CBSO at Symphony Hall ★★★★★ This was a triumphant end to a transitional, divisive and occasionally fractious first season under the new regime of Chief Executive Emma Stenning. Much of the vituperation and ridicule directed at the most outlandish of her ideas has been well-deserved. It has also had the unfortunate and unintended consequence of diverting attention away from an important truth of paramount importance – that the CBSO’s playing is as fine as it’s ever been, equalling their ‘90s heydays under Rattle. The ebullient newly anointed Music Director Kazuki Yamada has brought back joy and enthusiasm sorely missed during  Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’ s short Covid-blighted reign. Sceptics may wince at his cult-of-personality presence and the synchronized hand-waving but only serial miserabilists can resist the infectious sense of fun. At the end of the performance a packed audience – the only classical concert of the season in which the Grand Tier was opened –