from Act III of the Italian opera Madama Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa
Role: Benjamin Pinkerton
, a lieutenant in the US Navy
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: Butterfly's house
Synopsis: Pinkerton comes to Butterfly's house and, after speaking to Suzuki, decides that it would be too painful to say goodbye to Butterfly directly. He bids adieu to the house in which he and Butterfly spent many happy hours.