Irish soprano Celine Byrne joins a host of international and Irish singers to star as Madama Butterfly in Puccini’s most heart-wrenching opera. Ben Barnes directs. Timothy Redmond conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY takes us on the emotional journey of a devoted young Asian woman as she faces the truth about Pinkerton, the US navy lieutenant she marries. Sound advice from her maid, Suzuki, and the American consul, Sharpless, falls on deaf ears. The worldly-wise Pinkerton sets up house with Butterfly. But he deserts her, leaving her isolated from family and friends.
Puccini’s orientally-tinged and compassionate score includes the famous Humming Chorus and the rose-tinted expectation of the aria Un bel dì. Butterfly holds on to hope as she longs for the “one fine day” on which her departed lover will return. He does, but not for the kind of reunion she dreamed about.