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Madama Butterfly
Madama Butterfly
Irish soprano Celine Byrne joins a host of international and Irish singers, as well as the RTE Concert Orchestra, to star as Madama Butterfly in Puccini’s
most heart-wrenching opera.
Thursday 4 & Friday 5 April, 2019
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  • Irish National Opera Presents
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    8pm

    Tickets: €35 / €45 / €55*

    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.

    Cast

    Cio-Cio-San Celine Byrne
    B.F. Pinkerton Julian Hubbard
    Sharpless Brett Polegato
    Suzuki Doreen Curran
    Goro Eamonn Mulhall
    The Bonze John Molloy
    Kate Pinkerton (March 24, 26,28,30) Niamh O'Sullivan
    Kate Pinkerton (April 4 & 5) Rachel Croash
    Yamadori Brendan Collins
    Imperial Commissioner Robert McAllister
    Official Registrar Kevin Neville
    Uncle Yakusidé Cormac Lawlor
    Mother Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
    Cousin Amy Ní Fhearraigh
    Aunt Margaret Bridge

    Creative Team

    Conductor Timothy Redmond
    Director Ben Barnes
    Set Designer Todd Rosenthal
    Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
    Lighting Designer John Comiskey
    Video Designer Aaron Kelly
    Movement Director & Choreographer Libby Seward
    Assistant Director Sarah Baxter
    Assistant Conductor & Chorus Director Sinead Hayes
    Irish National Opera Chorus
    RTÉ Concert Orchestra

    *Tickets may be subject to booking fee

    Proudly supported by the Arts Council

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