Famous for its lovely arias, its melodies, and its theatricality, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, one of his indisputable masterpieces, has long been a moving experience for audiences around the world. This magnificent production, directed by the acclaimed Argentinian director Hugo de Ana, will return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for five performances, under the conduction of Loukas Karytinos. The plot revolves around the doomed romance of fifteen-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-san a.k.a. Butterfly, and B. F. Pinkerton, Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Upon learning he has a son with Butterfly, Pinkerton returns to Japan after three years of absence. He is determined to raise the child and is even accompanied by his wife. Butterfly gives up her son, only to eventually commit suicide. Puccini’s “Japanese tragedy,” with its masterly depiction of Cio-Cio-san, sheds light to the conflict between the Japanese and the Western/American civilization. Audiences will be spellbound by remarkable vocal soloists, including Cellia Costea, Sae Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-san), Elena Kassian (Suzuki), Stefano Secco / Dimitris Paksoglou (Pinkerton), and Dionysios Sourbis (Sharpless).