Celebrated soprano Celine Byrne is set to raise the roof off the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre when she performs in Madama Butterly at the Dublin venue next week.
She joins a host of International and Irish singers to star in Puccini’s most heart-wrenching opera, in a production directed by Ben Barnes, while Timothy Redmond conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
"I'm an associate artist with the newly-formed Irish Opera, and I was asked about two years would I do this role," Byrne explains.
"It's a modern take of the opera, but it's still told in the classical way," she adds. "They haven't changed the story too much and it's kind of a Sixties' vibe to it."
Madama Butterfly tells 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.
"What's really good about Butterfly is, I think that most people know Madama Butterfly is an opera. And the reason they do is because it's out there in the repertoire of the most popular operas."
You can view our interview with Celine Byrne by clicking the above image.
Madama Butterfly will be performed at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on March 24, 26, 28 and 30.