Brilliant Byrne faces Butterfly challenges home and away

This is a particularly busy season for Celine Byrne, who admitted to having plenty on her plate singing-wise over the festive period, not least her own Christmas gala special at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Monday December 17

9th December, 2018
Celine Byrne will appear at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on December 17Fennells

When I spoke on the phone to soaraway soprano Celine Byrne recently, she seemed rather bewildered by the kind of Madama Butterfly she was about to embark on with the Staatstheater Kassel company in northern Germany.

Byrne is taking the role of the tragic Cio Cio San for 12 performances overall on a month-by-month basis between now and next June.

“You know,” she said with her customary frankness, “the Germans can be really off the wall...

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