Madama Butterfly

I'm turning into a culture vulture, not only have I seen the Bolshoi this summer, and am booked to see Carmen later in the year - but I've just booked tickets to see Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go and see the complete Wagnerian ring cycle next november (2007), at least one performance of every cycle is inconvenient from a work point of view. It can be simultaneously depressing and liberating that it's possible for me to plan with reasonable confidence that far ahead!