THE Scottish Opera is bringing one of the world's most popular operas, Puccini's Madama Butterfly to Aberdeen and Inverness in May, in a rare treat for opera-lovers.
Internationally-acclaimed Scottish director Sir David McVicar's unflinching production has been a firm favourite with audiences since it was first staged for Scottish Opera in 2000.
The touring production stars Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee and Anne Sophie Duprels sharing the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero plays Lieutenant Pinkerton, with Scottish Opera emerging artist Andrew McTaggart singing the role of Prince Yamadori.
Italian Marco Guidarini will be conducting the Scottish Opera orchestra throughout the tour, which also takes in dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Revival director, Elaine Kidd said: "The production is a real classic, with exquisite period detail in the costumes.
"With two Butterflies sharing the lead role who can act as sensitively as they sing, it will have the power to cut to the core.
"I'm particularly thrilled that Italian conductor Marco Guidarini is returning to work with us because he is steeped in this passionate, dramatic and lyrical music.
"Madama Butterfly has been a hugely popular opera for many years – this is a great place to start for first-timers, but of course it is also a real favourite of regular opera-goers."
Set at the turn of the 20th century, Madama Butterfly is thought to be based on a true story and depicts the surprisingly common practice of American servicemen taking temporary wives in Japan, before returning to the United States alone.
Eden Court Theatre in Inverness will host three shows from Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7, with the show then moving on to His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen between Thursday, June 12 and Saturday, June 14.
Tickets are on sale now for the Inverness and Aberdeen shows online at www.scottishopera.org.uk/our-operas/13-14/madama-butterfly