Young Finn has a role to play
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.’’
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.