Opera is coming to Harris in August, with a performance of Madama Butterfly by Opera Bohemia.
The opera will be performed in Tarbert Community Centre on Wednesday, August 9.
Opera Bohemia is a Scottish professional touring company and is “really excited” about visiting Tarbert with John Wilkie’s critically-acclaimed chamber production of Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly.
The star-studded cast is led by Scottish soprano Catriona Clark, a favourite with Opera Bohemia audiences and already highly acclaimed in the role of Cio-Cio-San.
Other cast members include former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Louise Collett, Alexander Gibson Opera School graduates Cameron Mitchell and Seumas Begg, and American baritone Whitaker Mills, who recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Madama Butterfly is a tale of love, sacrifice and heartbreak that promises to be a memorable night for opera lovers and newcomers alike.
The production is performed in a special arrangement for piano (Andrew Brown) and violin (Colm O Braoin) and sung in Italian with English subtitles.
The runtime is 130 minutes, including an interval. The door opens at 7 pm.
Tickets cost £18, £16 for concessions and £6 for under 18s. Tickets can be purchased from wegottickets.com and incur a booking fee. Cash-only tickets are also available from A D Munro on Tarbert’s Main Street.
Madama Butterfly is based on the 1898 short story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long, which in turn was derived from stories told to him by sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti.
Long’s version was later dramatised into a one-act play, Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan. It premiered in New York in 1900 before moving to London, where Puccini saw it later that year.