Amore o grillo "Love or fancy". Pinkerton admits to Sharpless that he does not know whether he is really in love or just infatuated, but he is bewitched with Butterfly's innocence, charm and beauty; she is like a butterfly fluttering around and then landing with silent grace, so beautiful "that I must have her, even though I injure her butterfly wings". Sharpless tells Pinkerton that he heard Butterfly speak, when she visited the consulate, and he asks Pinkerton not to pluck off her delicate wings. However, Pinkerton tells Sharpless that he will do "no great harm, even if Butterfly falls in love.
Ancora un passo "One step more".
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Butterfly can be heard guiding her friends to the top of the hill, jubilantly telling them that "Over land and sea, there floats the joyful breath of spring. I am the happiest girl in Japan, or rather in the world. She recognizes Pinkerton and points him out to her friends, and all bow down before him.
Gran ventura "May good fortune attend you".
Butterfly greets Pinkerton, who asks about her difficult climb up the hill. Butterfly says that, for a happy bride, the wait is even more difficult. Pinkerton thanks her for the compliment but cuts her off as she continues to compliment him further. Butterfly tells Pinkerton and Sharpless that her family is from Nagasaki and was once very wealthy. Goro announces the arrival of both the Grand Commissioner and the Registrar of marriages.
Butterfly greets her relatives, who have arrived for the wedding. Pinkerton laughs at the sight and whispers to Sharpless, "This is a farce: all these will be my new relatives for only a month. Meanwhile, Butterfly tells her relatives how much she loves Pinkerton. One of her cousins says that Goro first offered Pinkerton to her, but she refused.
Butterfly's relatives say that he is like a king, so rich and so handsome, and then, at a sign from Butterfly, all her friends and relatives bow to Pinkerton and walk out to the garden.
Pinkerton takes Butterfly's hand and leads her into the house. Vieni, amor mio! From her sleeve, Butterfly brings out to show Pinkerton all of her treasures, which include only a few handkerchiefs, a mirror, a sash, and other trinkets. Then she shows him a long, narrow case, which she tells him holds her only sacred treasure, but she cannot open it, because there are too many people around. Goro whispers to Pinkerton that the case contains a "gift" from the Mikado to Butterfly's father, inviting him to commit seppuku.
Butterfly continues to show Pinkerton her other little treasures, including several little statues: "They are the spirits of my ancestors. Ieri son salita tutta sola "Yesterday, I went all alone". Butterfly tells Pinkerton that yesterday, in secret and without telling her uncle, who is a Buddhist priest, the Bonze, she went to the consulate, where she abandoned her ancestral religion and converted to Pinkerton's religion. Pinkerton's God. Tutti zitti "Quiet everyone".
Everything is ready, and Goro tells everyone to be quiet. The Commissioner conducts the brief ceremony and witnesses Pinkerton and Butterfly sign the official papers. Madama Butterfly "Madam Butterfly".
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The wedding celebration begins, and everyone wishes happiness to the new couple. After a short while, Sharpless pleads with Pinkerton not to be cruel, and he leaves with the Commissioner and the Registrar. Pinkerton, Butterfly and their guests continue the celebration with many toasts.
Cio-Cio San! The toasts are interrupted by an angry voice offstage, saying "Cio-Cio San! You are damned. He stands over Butterfly, shouting his curses at her, when Pinkerton intervenes to stop him. The Bonze is shocked at the American, and he orders all the guests to leave with him, saying to Butterfly, "You have renounced us, and we renounce you. The night is falling. Butterfly is weeping. Pinkerton consoles her.
Bimba, Bimba, non piangere "Sweetheart, sweetheart, do not weep". This begins the famous long love duet, which ends act 1. Pinkerton tells Butterfly that "All your relatives and all the priests in Japan are not worth the tears from your loving, beautiful eyes. I will not cry any more. And I do not worry about their curses, because your words sound so sweet.
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Viene la sera "Night is falling". The long duet continues. Pinkerton tells Butterfly that the "Night is falling", and Butterfly answers that "with it comes darkness and peace. Then Suzuki helps Butterfly dress for her wedding night. Pinkerton watches Butterfly, as she watches him, but her happiness is tempered, as "still the angry voice curses me. Butterfly is renounced — renounced but happy". Bimba dagli occhi "Sweetheart, with eyes Pinkerton admires the beautiful Butterfly and tells her, "you have not yet told me that you love me. Vogliatemi bene "Love me, please.
The long duet concludes.
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Butterfly pleads with Pinkerton to "Love me, please. Pinkerton admits that it is true but explains, "Do you know why? So that she will not fly away. You are mine. As the curtain opens, three years have passed. Suzuki kneels in front of a Buddha, praying that Butterfly will stop crying.
Butterfly hears and tells her that the Japanese gods are fat and lazy, and that the American God will answer quickly, if only He knows where they are living. Suzuki tells Butterfly that their money has almost run out and, if Pinkerton does not return quickly, they will suffer in a bad way. Butterfly assures Suzuki that Pinkerton will return, because he took care to arrange for the consul to pay the rent and to fit the house with locks to keep out the mosquitoes, relatives and troubles.
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Suzuki tells Butterfly that foreign husbands never return to their Japanese wives, but Butterfly replies furiously that Pinkerton had assured her, on the very last morning they were together, "Oh, Butterfly, my little wife, I shall return with the roses, when the earth is full of joy, when the robin makes his nest. In this, the opera's most famous aria and one of the most popular works in the soprano repertoire , Butterfly says that, "one fine day", they will see a puff of smoke on the far horizon. Then a ship will appear and enter the harbor. She will not go down to meet him but will wait on the hill for him to come.
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