Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly

Today’s tune is the beautiful Humming Chorus from the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly. We were recording Coffee Break Italian yesterday and talking about Opera in our “caffè culturale” segment and this got me thinking about some of the beautiful music from Italian opera, so I decided to play this piece today.

It’s used as an entr’acte between Acts II and III of the opera. Pinkerton’s ship has been sighted. Butterfly, his Japanese wife, has waited three years for his return. She puts on her bridal gown and keeps vigil through the night. The haunting voices offstage hum this song in the the stillness. I hope you enjoy this one!

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