Young Finn has a role to play

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Finn Good­son will be tak­ing to the stage along­side some of the opera world’s finest so­pra­nos and tenors in the New Zealand Opera’s pro­duc­tion of Madame But­ter­fly this month.

Not bad for a six-yearold’s de­but per­for­mance.

The Herne Bay young­ster and eight-year-old Ni­cholas Wil­liams will share the role of Sor­row, the il­le­git­i­mate son of Madame But­ter­fly and American naval of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Pinker­ton in the pro­duc­tion of Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s tragic opera.

It is the first time Finn has tread the boards but he says there will be no nerves on open­ing night.

‘‘I’m just re­ally ex­cited – I love act­ing, it’s re­ally fun.’’

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Opera artis­tic ad­min­is­tra­tor Jude Froude says Finn is one of the youngest ever to per­form with the com­pany.

‘‘It is re­ally quite un­usual to have some­one that young but Finn is such a lively, ex­pres­sive boy.’’

Madame But­ter­fly is one of the world’s most per­formed op­eras.

Aus­tralian so­prano An­toinette Hal­lo­ran and Ital­ian tenor Piero Pretti play the doomed cou­ple.

Con­ducted by Swedish mae­stro To­bias Ring­borg, the pro­duc­tion will be ac­com­pa­nied by the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra and the Chap­man Tripp Opera Cho­rus.

It plays at the ASB The­atre, Aotea Cen­tre from April 18 to 28.

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