Anne Sophie Duprels as Cio-Cio-San in Opera North's 2007 production

I’ve been back in the rehearsal room at Opera North for a week now, and after a few days still feeling jet lagged from travelling back from Buenos Aires (where I was singing Mélisande at the Teatro Colòn) it is all starting to take shape and it’s so good to be working with the Opera North ‘family’ again!

We are reviving Madama Butterfly and it’s wonderful to be back to sing Cio-Cio-San after 4 years. The music is so beautiful and emotional and it is an intense piece of theatre too. Cio-Cio-San has a real journey and going back to a part gives the opportunity to go deeper into the interpretation.  Director Tim Albery helps us to find more meaning, more emotions, more clarity and more communication between the characters. A revival is challenging because you raise the bar higher but it’s also very exciting!

The rehearsal process is a bit different than for a new production. You know what you have to do and where you have to go however it’s also open to changes. Opera is a living art form and things and people evolve.

We’re about to start another week and the plan is do a full run on Friday so we do have a lot of work left. I haven’t worked on Act III yet so the week is going to be busy!

Madama Butterfly opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday 17 September before touring to Theatre Royal Nottingham, Theatre Royal Newcastle and The Lowry, Salford Quays. Go here for more information.

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