Madame Butterfly Libretto
English Translation

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY, «Cio-Cio-San» (soprano)
SUZUKI, servant of Cio-Cio-San (mezzo-soprano)
KATE PINKERTON (mezzo-soprano)
BF PINKERTON, Lieutenant of the USA Navy (tenor)
SHARPLESS, United States Consul in Nagasaki (baritone)
GORO, nakodo (tenor)
THE PRINCE YAMADORI (tenor)
LO ZIO BONZE, uncle of Cio-Cio-San (bottom)
YAKUSIDÉ (bottom)
THE IMPERIAL COMMISSIONER (bottom)
THE REGISTER'S OFFICER (bottom)
THE MOTHER OF CIO-CIO-SAN (mezzo-soprano)
THE ZIA (soprano)
LA CUGINA (soprano)
PAIN, son of Cio-Cio-San (muoto)

Relatives, friends and friends of Cio-Cio-san, servants.
In Nagasaki, 1900 ca.



ACT ONE
Hill at Nagasaki. Japanese house, terrace and garden. At the bottom, at the bottom, the bay, the port, the city of Nagasaki.

From the room at the back of the house, Goro with many bows introduces Pinkerton, to whom he is admiring the small house in detail, with great prosopopoeia, but always in keeping with it. Goro slides a wall in the bottom, and explains its purpose to Pinkerton.
They advance a little on the terrace.

PINKERTON
surprised by what he saw he says to Goro:
... And ceiling ... and walls ...

GORO
enjoying the Pinkerton surprises
They go and they come to test to rule that benefits you
in the same room
alternate new aspects with the usual ones.

PINKERTON
looking around
Where is the nest nuzial?

GORO
hinting at two locals
Here, or there ... according ...

PINKERTON
Also double-bottomed! The hall?

GORO
shows the terrace
There!

PINKERTON
astonished
Outdoors?...
Goro slides the wall towards the terrace

GORO
showing the closing of a wall
A side flows ...

PINKERTON
while Goro slides the walls
I understand! ... I understand! ...
Another...

GORO
Slips!

PINKERTON
And the frivolous dwelling ...

GORO
protesting
Weld like a tower
from the ground up to the roof.
invites Pinkerton to go down into the garden

PINKERTON
It's a bellows house.

Goro beats his palm-palm hands three times. Two men and a woman come in and they genuflect before Pinkerton.

GORO
with a slightly nasal voice, hinting
This is the maid
that of your bride
affected
she was already a loving servant.
The cook ... the servitor ...
They are confused of the great honor.

PINKERTON
impatient
The names?

GORO
indicating Suzuki
Miss Cloud light.
pointing to a servant
Ray of rising sun.
pointing to the other servant
Esala aromas.

SUZUKI
always on his knees, but daring raises his head
Smile Your Honor?
Rice is fruit and flower.
The wise Ocunama said:
the plot cracks
smiles the smile.
He descends into the garden, following Pinkerton, who walks away smiling.
It opens the shell to the pearl,
opens the door to the man
of Paradise.
Perfume of Gods ...
Fountain of life ...
The wise Ocunama said:
the plot cracks
smiles the smile.

Pinkerton is distracted and annoyed. Goro, realizing that Pinkerton begins to be annoyed by Suzuki's loquela, beats his hands three times. The three get up and flee quickly back into the house.

PINKERTON
I talk to cosmopolitan about this.
to Goro who went to the bottom to observe
What are you looking at?

GORO
If the bride does not come yet.

PINKERTON
Everything's ready?

GORO
Everything.

PINKERTON
Great pearl of a matchmaker!
Goro thanks with a deep bow.

GORO
Here verran:
The registry officer, relatives,
your Consul, the girlfriend.
Here the act is signed and the marriage is done.

PINKERTON
And are many relatives?

GORO
The mother-in-law, the grandmother, Uncle Bonzo
(who will not deign to us by his presence)
and cousins, and cousins ​​...
Let's call the ascendants ...
and collateral, a two dozen.
As for the descent ...
they will provide a lot
with malice respectful
Your Grace and the beautiful Butterfly.

PINKERTON
Great pearl of a matchmaker!

Goro thanks with a deep bow.

SHARPLESS
from the inside a bit far
And sweat and climb! snort, stumble!

GORO
who has come to the bottom, announces to Pinkerton
The Consol goes up.
he prostrates before the Consul

SHARPLESS
comes stuffing
Ah! ... those paths
they have crushed me!

PINKERTON
goes to meet the Consul: the two shake hands.
Well arrived.

GORO
to the Consul
Well arrived.

SHARPLESS
Ouff!

PINKERTON
Soon Goro, some refreshment.

Goro enters the house in a hurry

SHARPLESS
puffing and looking around
High.

PINKERTON
indicating the landscape
But nice!

SHARPLESS
contemplating the city and the sea subjected
Nagasaki, the sea, the port ...

PINKERTON
he mentions the house
and a small house that obeys a wand.

Goro is hasty from the house, followed by two servants: they carry glasses and bottles that lay on the terrace; the two servants return to the house and Goro gives himself to prepare the drinks.

SHARPLESS
Your?

PINKERTON
I bought it for nine hundred ninety-nine years,
with the right to cancel the agreements every month.
In this country are elastic par, houses and contracts.

SHARPLESS
And the expert man profits it.

PINKERTON
Sure.

Pinkerton and Sharpless sit on the terrace where Goro has prepared drinks.

PINKERTON
frankly
Everywhere in the world the wandering Yankee
he enjoys and traffics, disregarding the risks.
Sinking the anchor to the ventura.
he stops to offer Sharpless a drink
Milk-Punch or Wisky?
recovering
Sinking the anchor to the ventura
until a burst
disembarks ship and moorings, trees.
Life and does not satisfy
if he does not make his treasure
the flowers of every plague ...

SHARPLESS
It's an easy gospel ...

PINKERTON
continuing
... of every beautiful love.

SHARPLESS
.. it is an easy gospel that makes life vague
but that saddens the cor ...

PINKERTON
Vinto dives, fate flies up.
His talent does everywhere.
So I marry Japanese use
for nine hundred ninety-nine years.
Except for drying up every month.

SHARPLESS
It is an easy gospel.

PINKERTON
gets up, touching the glass with Sharpless
America forever!

SHARPLESS
America forever!

Pinkerton and Sharpless still sit on the terrace.

SHARPLESS
And is the bride beautiful?

Goro, who has heard, faces the scary and insinuating terrace.

GORO
A garland of fresh flowers.
A star with golden rays.
And for nothing: only a hundred yen.
to the Consul
If Your Grace commands me
I have an assortment.

The Consul laughs, thanks and gets up as well.

PINKERTON
(with strong impatience, away)
Go, lead it, Goro.

(Goro runs down and disappears descending the hill.)

SHARPLESS
What a passion it takes you!
Would you even be cooked?

PINKERTON
I do not know! ... I do not know!
It depends on the degree of cooking!
Love or cricket, I would not know.
Of course she is
he has me with the ingenious arts in the bladder.
Slight as tenuous blown glass
to stature, to posture
it looks like a screen.
But from its glossy lacquer base
as soon as it is removed,
what little butterfly flap and pose
with such a silent little girl
that to chase her furor attacks me
even if in the frangerne I had the ale.

SHARPLESS
seriously and good-natured
For the other, the Consulate did not come to visit!
I did not see her, but I heard her speak.
The soul struck me in his voice, the mystery.
Of course when it is sincer love speaks like this
It would be a great pity the slight wings to tear
and perhaps desolate a credulous heart.

PINKERTON
My polite consul, do not worry, you know ...
your age is of feeble humor.
There is not much evil I wish for that one
straighten to the sweet flights of love!

SHARPLESS
It would be a great pity ...
That divine meek little voice
it should not give notes of pain.

PINKERTON
offers a drink again
Wisky?

SHARPLESS
Another glass.

Pinkerton takes the wisky to Sharpless and fills his own glass as well.

SHARPLESS
take the cup away
I drink to your distant family.

PINKERTON
leverage the glass as well
And the day I get married
with true wedding to a real American bride.

GORO
reappears rushing from the bottom of the hill
Here it is. They have reached the top of the slope.
he agrees to the path
Already of the femmmineo swarms of wind infogliame
the buzz is heard.

BUTTERFLY'S FRIENDS
inside, far away
Ah! ah! ah!

Pinkerton and Sharpless go to the back of the garden looking towards the path of the hill.

THE FRIENDS
Ah! ah! ah! ah!
Ah! How much heaven! How much mar!
always internal
How much heaven! How much mar!

BUTTERFLY
indoor
One more step or so.

THE FRIENDS How late you are!

BUTTERFLY
Wait up.

THE FRIENDS
Here is the peak.
Look, look how many flowers!

BUTTERFLY
serenely
Spira on the sea and on the earth
a primaver the joyous breath.

THE FRIENDS
How much heaven! How much mar!

SHARPLESS
O cheerful chirping of youth!

BUTTERFLY
I am the happiest girl in Japan, indeed in the world.
Friends, I came to the call of love!
of love I came to the threshold!
where one welcomes the good of those who live and those who die!
Friends, I came to the call of love,
to the call of love,
I came to the call of love, of love!

THE FRIENDS
How many flowers! How much mar!
How much heaven! How many flowers!
Joy to you, joy to you, sweet friend,
but before crossing the threshold that attracts you
turn and aim at the things that are dear to you,
how much sky, how many flowers, how much sea! ...
we begin to see the Geishas that mount the path
Joy to you, joy to you, sweet friend,
but before crossing the threshold
turn and look at the things that are dear to you!
they appear on stage they all have large open umbrellas, in vivid colors

BUTTERFLY
to friends
We are joined.
he sees the group of the three men and recognizes Pinkerton. He immediately closes the umbrella and is ready to point it to his friends.
BF Pinkerton. Down!
yes genuflette

THE FRIENDS
they close the umbrellas and they genuflect
Down!
They all get up and approach Pinkerton ceremoniously.

BUTTERFLY
he reveres
Great fortune.

FRIENDS
reverently
Reverence.

PINKERTON
smiling
Is climbing a bit hard?

BUTTERFLY
The impatience of a more afflicted bride is ...

PINKERTON
gentilment, but a bit derisive
Very rare compliment.

BUTTERFLY
with ingenuity
Of the most dances I still know.

PINKERTON
rincalzando
Of jewels!

BUTTERFLY
wanting to show off her compliments repertoire
If you are dear at the moment ...

PINKERTON
Thanks, no.
Sharpless first observed the group of girls curiously, then approached Butterfly, who listened to him attentively.

SHARPLESS
Miss Butterfly. Nice name, it's wonderful!
Are you from Nagasaki?

BUTTERFLY
Mr. Yes. A very prosperous family once.
to friends
Truth?

FRIENDS
approving thoughtful
Truth!

BUTTERFLY
naturally
Nobody I know confessed, never born in poverty;
there is no tramp to hear it not be
of great prosapia.
And yet I knew the wealth.
But the turbines overturns the strongest oaks ...
and we made the ghescia
to sustain us. (to friends) True?

FRIENDS
confirm
True!

BUTTERFLY
I do not hide it, nor do I take it.
seeing that Sharpless smiles
Laugh? Why?
Things of the world.

PINKERTON
he listened with interest, and turns to Sharpless
With that doll making when he speaks he inflames me.

SHARPLESS
also interested in the chatters of Butterfly, continues to question her
And do you have any sisters?

BUTTERFLY
Not sir. I have mom.

GORO
with importance
A noble lady.

BUTTERFLY
But without making them very poor wrong too.
SHARPLESS
And your father?

BUTTERFLY
he stops surprised, then dry dry answers
Dead.
The friends bow their heads; Goro is embarrassed. They all flap nervously with their fans.

SHARPLESS
returning to Butterfly
How old are you?

BUTTERFLY
with almost childish coquetry
Guess.

SHARPLESS
Ten.

BUTTERFLY
Grow.

SHARPLESS
Twenty.

BUTTERFLY
Calate. Fifteen net, net;
with malice
I'm old, you're old.

SHARPLESS
Fifteen years!

PINKERTON
Fifteen years!

SHARPLESS
The age of the games ...

PINKERTON
And of confetti.

GORO
who saw other people coming from the bottom and recognized them, announces with importance
The Imperial Commissioner, the Registry Officer, the relatives.

PINKERTON
in Goro
Hurry up.

Goro runs into the house. From the path at the bottom they sell and go up the relatives of Butterfly: this goes to meet them together with friends: great greetings, reverence: the relatives curiously bore the two Americans. Pinkerton has Sharpless near his arm and, led him to one side, makes him observe, laughing, the bizarre group of relatives; the Imperial Commissioner and the Registry Officer greet Pinkerton and enter the house, received by Goro.

PINKERTON
What a celebration of the parade
of the new kinship
taken on loan, a month!

PARENTS, FRIENDS and FRIENDS
Where is it? Where is it?

BUTTERFLY, and FRIENDS
pointing to Pinkerton
There he is

LA CUGINA, and FRIENDS
Bello is not.

BUTTERFLY
offense
It's so beautiful that you can not ... dream more.

THE MOTHER
I think a king!

PARENTS, FRIENDS and FRIENDS
I think it's a king.
In truth.
It is worth a peru.
Bello is not.

PINKERTON
observing the group of women
Of course, behind that sail of fanlike pavonazzo,
my mother-in-law lurks.

COUSIN
to Butterfly
Goro also offered it to me.

BUTTERFLY
disdainful to his cousin
Yes, right you!

PINKERTON
indicating Yakusidè
And that messy thing
he's the brute and crazy uncle.

PARENTS, FRIENDS and FRIENDS
to the cousin
Here, because it was chosen,
he wants to do it with you
His beauty already disfigured
Divorzier`. I hope so.
His beauty already disfigured.

GORO
he leaves the house and annoyed by the garrulous chatter, goes from one to the other, recommending to speak in a low voice
For heaven's sake, keep quiet a little.

Yakusidé
staring at the servants who begin to bring wines and liqueurs
Is there any wine?

MOTHER and ZIA
peering, trying not to be seen Let's look a bit.

PARENTS and FRIENDS
with satisfaction, to Yakusidè
I saw already tea color,
color of tea and chermisì!
Ah, hu! Ah, hu!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
others, looking compassionately at Butterfly
His beauty already disfiorì,
already disfiorì. divorced
Ah, hu! Ah, hu!

MOTHER and ZIA
I think it's a king. It is worth a Peru in truth
it's so beautiful that you can not dream more. It seems to me like a king;
beautiful is so that you can not dream more, dream more.
I think it's a king. It is worth a Peru. I think it's a king.

COUSIN
Goro offered it even to me, but he had a no!
beautiful is not in truth. Goro also offered it to me
but he had a no. In truth, it is not really beautiful.
Divorced. I hope so. Divorced.

PARENTS and FRIENDS
sopranos 1
Bello is not, in truth, beautiful it is not!
beautiful is not, in truth. Goro also offered it to me
but he had a no. In truth, it is not really beautiful.
Divorced. I hope so. Divorced!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
sopranos 2
Bello is so that you can not dream more!
I think it's a king. It is worth a Peru! In truth it is so beautiful
that seems a king, in truth a king seems to me, in truth.
Divorced. I hope so. Divorced!
Divorced. I hope so. Divorced!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
tenors
Bello is not, in truth, beautiful it is not!
Goro offered it even to you, but he had a no! but he had a no!
His beauty already disfiorì, already disfiorì. Divorced.
I hope so. Divorced!

Yakusidé
Is there any wine? Let's take a look, look a bit.
I already saw tea color, and chermisi, tea color.
Is there any wine? Let's see'!

GORO
he intervenes again to stop the din
For heaven's sake, keep quiet ...
then he gestures with his gestures
Sch! sch! sch!

SHARPLESS
in Pinkerton apart
O lucky friend!

At the nods of Goro, relatives and guests are renewed in a group, but always agitating and chatting.

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
He even offered it to me!

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
He is beautiful, I think he is a king!

PINKERTON
Yes, it's true, it's a flower, a flower! ...

SHARPLESS
Or lucky Pinkerton, ...

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
... He even offered it to me! ...

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
... He is beautiful, I think he is a king! ...

PINKERTON
... The exotic smell ...

SHARPLESS
... that fate has touched you ...

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
... But I answered I did not ...

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
... I would not have answered no! ...

PINKERTON
... my brain is upset.

SHARPLESS
... a flower even if bloomed! ...

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
... and I answered: no!

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
... I would never say no!

SHARPLESS
No longer beautiful is very ...

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
Without much research.

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
No, my dear, I do not think so,

SHARPLESS
... girl I never saw
of this Butterfly
And if he seems to you, he will not
the covenant and his faith ...

BUTTERFLY
to his
Beware, watch out for me.

PINKERTON
Yes, it's true, it's a flower, a flower,
and in my faith I caught it!

CUGINA, and of the PARENTS and FRIENDS
I find better ones,
and I'll tell him a nice no,
and I will say no, no!

MOTHER, and other PARENTS and FRIENDS
he's really a great man,
nor would I say no,
nor would I ever say no, no!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
And he will divorce, and he will divorce, he will divorce!

SHARPLESS
... take heed! She believes you

BUTTERFLY
to his mother
Mom, come here. to the others
Look out for me: watch out, orsù
spoken with a child's voice
one, two three ... and all down

At the mention of Butterly everyone bow before Pinkerton and Sharpless.
Relatives get up and spread out in the garden; Goro leads someone into the interior of the house. Pinkerton takes Butterfly's hand and leads her to the house.

PINKERTON
Come, my love!
Do you like the cottage?

BUTTERFLY
Mr. FB Pinkerton
show the hands and arms that are awkward with their bulging sleeves
pardon...
I would...
few women's items ...

PINKERTON
Where am I?

BUTTERFLY
pointing to the sleeves
I'm here ... do you mind?

PINKERTON
a little surprised, he smiles, then immediately agrees with gallantry
Or why, my beautiful Butterfly?

BUTTERFLY
hand-knit the objects from the sleeves and deliver them to Suzuki, who has left the terrace, and puts them in the house
Tissues. The pipe. A belt.
A small clasp. A mirror.
A fan.

PINKERTON
sees a jar
That jar?

BUTTERFLY
A dye vase,

PINKERTON
Ohibò!

BUTTERFLY
Are you sorry? ... Go!
draws a long and narrow case

PINKERTON
And that?

BUTTERFLY
very serious
What is sacred to mine.

PINKERTON
curious
And can not you see?

BUTTERFLY
There are too many people.
disappears into the house carrying the case with it
Forgive.

GORO
that approached, he says to Pinkerton's ear:
He is a present of Mikado to his father ...
with the invitation ... he makes the gesture of the one who opens his belly

PINKERTON
plan to Goro
And ... his father?

GORO
He obeyed.
He moves away, returning to the house.

Butterfly, who has returned, goes to sit on the terrace near Pinkerton and pulls some statuettes from her sleeves.

BUTTERFLY
The Ottoks.

PINKERTON
he takes one and examines it with curiosity
Those puppets? ...
Did you say?

BUTTERFLY
Son of the ancestors.
he puts the statuettes

PINKERTON
Ah! ... my respect.

BUTTERFLY
with respectful confidence in Pinkerton
Yesterday I climbed all alone in secret to the Mission.
With my new life I can adopt a new religion.
with fear
Uncle Bonzo does not know, nor do they know mine.
I follow my destiny
and full of humility,
to Mr. Pinkerton's God I bowed.
It is my destiny.
In the same church on your knees with you
I will pray to the same God.
And to make you happy, I can perhaps oblate my people.
he throws himself into Pinkerton's arms
My love!
He stops as if he were afraid of having been heard by relatives.
Meanwhile, Goro has opened the shosi - in the room where everything is ready for the wedding, Sharpless and the authorities are found - Butterfly enters the house and kneels; Pinkerton is standing next to her - relatives are in the garden facing the house, kneeling.

GORO
All silent!

THE COMMISSIONER IMPERIAL
law
It is granted to the nominated
Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton,
Lieutenant in the Lincoln gunboat,
United States Navy, North America:
and to the damself butterfly
of the Omara Nagasaki district,
to join in marriage, for straight the first,
of his own will,
and she by consent of relatives
hands the deed for signature
here witnesses to the act.

GORO
very ceremonious
Groom.
Pinkerton signs
Then the bride.
Butterfly signs
And everything is done.
The friends are approaching, complimentous, to Butterfly, to whom they make repeated bows.

FRIENDS
Madama Butterfly!

BUTTERFLY
beckoning, raising a finger, and correcting:
Madama FB Pinkerton.

The friends celebrate Butterfly, who kisses some of them: meanwhile the Civil Status Officer withdraws the act and the other caretes, then warns the Imperial Commissioner that everything is over.

commission
say hello to Pinkerton
Many wishes.

PINKERTON
My thanks.
he makes the greeting

commission
approach the Consul
Mr. Consul comes down?

SHARPLESS
I'll take you.
say hello to Pinkerton
See you tomorrow.
shaking hands with Pinkerton

PINKERTON
Wonderfully.

THE REGISTER OF OFFICER
taking leave of Pinkerton
Posterity.

PINKERTON
I'll try.

The Consul, the Imperial Commissioner and the Registry Officer start to descend to the city.

SHARPLESS
he comes back, and with a significant accent he tells Pinkerton:
Findings!

Pinkerton reassures him with a gesture and greets him with his hand. Sharpless goes down the path; Pinkerton, who went to the back, greets him again.

PINKERTON
returns before and rubbing his hands says to himself:
And here we are in the family.
Let's hurry up as soon as possible in an honest way.
The servants bring bottles of Saki and distribute the glasses to the guests.

PINKERTON
toasting with guests
Hip! hip!

CHORUS OF INVOLVED
toasting
O Kami! O Kami!

PINKERTON
We drink the very new bonds,

INVITED, YAKUSIDÈ
O Kami! O Kami!

PINKERTON
let's drink to the very new bonds.

CUGINA, MOTHER
We drink, drink.

INVITED, CUGINA, MOTHER
O Kami! O Kami!
We drink at the very latest bonds.

The toast is interrupted by strange cries that start from the path of the hill.

BONZO
from the inside out
Cio-cio-san!

At this cry all the relatives and friends frown and gather in fear: Butterfly remains isolated in a corner.

BONZO
Cio-cio-san! Abomination!

BUTTERFLY, Guests
Uncle Bonzo!

GORO
A horn at the damper!
Who raises us around
troublesome people?! ...

BONZO
Cio-cio-san! Cio-cio-san!
closer and closer
Cio-cio-san!
At the bottom appears the strange figure of Bonzo, preceded by two bearers of lanterns and followed by two Bonzi.
Cio-cio-san!
View Butterfly, who has moved away from everyone, the Bonzo stretches menacing hands towards her.
What did you do at the Mission?

PARENTS and FRIENDS
Answer, Cio-cio-san!

PINKERTON
annoyed by the scene of Bonzo
What's the madman yelling at me?

BONZO
Answer, what did you do?

PARENTS and FRIENDS
turning, anxious, towards Butterfly
Answer, Cio-cio-san!

BONZO
How, do you have dry eyes?
So are these the fruits?
screaming
He has denied us all!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
scandolezzati, with acute cry, prolonged
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BONZO
Renegade, I tell you, ...
the ancient cult

PARENTS and FRIENDS
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BONZO
striking against Butterfly, who is covering her face with her hands: her mother advances to defend her, but Bonzo hardly rejects her and approaches terribly to Butterfly, shouting on her face:
Kami sarundasico!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BONZO
Your soul is spoiled
what torture is over!

PINKERTON
he lost his patience and interfered with Bonzo and Butterfly
Hey, I say: stop it, stop it!

BONZO
at the voice of Pinkerton, the Bonzo stops stunned, then with a sudden resolution invites relatives and friends to leave
Come all. Here we go!
to Butterfly
You have denied us and we ...

They all hastily retreat to the bottom and stretch their arms towards Butterfly.

BONZO, Yakusidè, PARENTS and FRIENDS
We deny you!

PINKERTON
with authority, ordering everyone to leave
Get rid of it instantly.
In my house nothing husses and no bonhomie.

PARENTS and FRIENDS
he shouted
Hou!

At the words of Pinkerton, everyone rushes to the path that goes down to the city: the Mother tries again to go near Butterfly, but is overwhelmed by the atlas. The Bonze disappears from the path that goes to the temple followed by the acolytes.

PARENTS and FRIENDS
in coming
Hou! Cio-cio-san!
a bit far
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

The voices gradually move away. Butterfly is still motionless and silent with her face in her hands, while Pinkerton has reached the top of the path to make sure that all those annoyances go away.

BONZO, YAKUSIDÈ, PARENTS and FRIENDS
men
Kami sarundasico!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
women
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BONZO, YAKUSIDÈ, PARENTS and FRIENDS
men
We deny you!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
women, gloomy
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BONZO, YAKUSIDÈ, PARENTS and FRIENDS
gloomy
We deny you!

PARENTS and FRIENDS
Hou! Cio-cio-san!
far away
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

Start to fall in the evening. Butterfly bursts into child weeping. Pinkerton the ode and goes thoughtful to her, lifting her from the killing in which she fell and gently removing her hands from the weeping face.

PINKERTON
Baby, baby, do not cry
for croak of frogs ...

PARENTS and FRIENDS
distant
Hou! Cio-cio-san!

BUTTERFLY
holding his ears, not to hear the cries
They scream again!

PINKERTON
rincorandola
All your tribe and the Bonzes all of Japan
not worth the tears of those dear and beautiful eyes.

BUTTERFLY
smiling childishly Davver?
Start to fall in the evening.
I do not cry anymore.
And almost of repudiation does not hurt me
for your words
that sound so sweet in my heart.
bends down to kiss Pinkerton's hand

PINKERTON
happily preventing
What are you doing? ... the man?

BUTTERFLY
They told me that over there
among the people gathered
this is the sign of greater respect.

SUZUKI
internally, grumbling
And Izaghi and Izanami
Sarundasico, and Kami,
and Izaghi and Izanami
Sarundasico, and Kami.

PINKERTON
surprised pertale dull whisper
Who's bubbling up there?

BUTTERFLY
It is Suzuki who makes his seral prayer.

He descends more and more in the evening, and Pinkerton leads Butterfly to the little house.

PINKERTON
It comes in the evening

BUTTERFLY
... and the shadow and the stillness.

PINKERTON
And you're here alone.

BUTTERFLY
Alone and disowned! Renegade!
is happy!

Pinkerton claps his hands three times: the servants and Suzuki rush in immediately, and Pinkerton orders the servants:

PINKERTON
Close you!
The servants silently slide some walls.

BUTTERFLY
to Pinkerton
Yes, yes, we are all alone ...
And out of the world ...

PINKERTON
laughing
And the furious Bonzo.

BUTTERFLY
to Suzuki, who has come with the servants and is waiting for ordeals
Suzuki, my clothes.
Suzuki rummages in a bonnet and gives Butterfly the clothes for the night and a casket for the toilet.

SUZUKI
bowing to Pinkerton
Good night.

Pinkerton claps his hands: The servants run away. Butterfly enters the house and helped by Suzuki cautiously makes her night dress, taking off her wedding dress and wearing a white one; then she sits on a pillow and, looking at herself in a mirror, smoothes her hair: Suzuki comes out.

BUTTERFLY
This pompous behemoth of sioglier is late
the bride of pure candor dresses.
He mutters and looks at me through subdued mottoes.
Celarmi pottessi! I have so much redness!

PINKERTON
lovingly watching Butterfly
With squirrel motions the knots loosen and melt! ...
To think that this little piece is my wife! my wife!
smiling
But such grace unfolds,
that I am struck by the fever of an immediately desìo.

BUTTERFLY
And still the angry voice curses me ...

Pinkerton, getting up, little by little approaches her.

BUTTERFLY
... Butterfly, renegade ...
Renegade ... and happy ...

PINKERTON
he lays his hands on Butterfly, who is about to come down from the terrace
Bimba with eyes full of malice
now you're all mine.
You are all dressed in lily.
I like your brunette braid
among the white veils.

BUTTERFLY
coming down from the terrace
I'm like the Goddess of the moon,
the little goddess of the moon
that descends the night from the bridge of heaven.

PINKERTON
And it captivates hearts ...

BUTTERFLY
And he takes them and envelops them
in a white mantel
And if he brings them
in the high realms,

PINKERTON
But in the meantime you did not tell me,
you still have not told me that you love me.
Do you know that goddess the words that satisfy the ardent desir?

BUTTERFLY
You know. Perhaps telling her does not want on the subject of having to die,
on the subject of having to die!

PINKERTON
Stare fear, love does not kill
but it gives life and smiles for heavenly joys
like now
approaching Butterfly and caressing her face
in your long oval eyes ...

Butterfly, immediately moving away from the burning caress of Pinkerton

BUTTERFLY
with intense feeling
Now you
enthusing
you are for me
the eye of the firmament.
And I liked it from the first moment
that I saw you.
He has a frightful motion and makes his ears dizzy, as if he still had to hear the screams of relatives: then he reassures himself and confidently turns to Pinkerton.
You are tall, strong.
You laughed with obvious ways
and say races that you never understood.
Now I am happy, now I am happy.
Full night: that is pure and starry. Slowly approaching Pinkerton sitting on the bench in the garden. He kneels at Pinkerton's feet and looks at him with tenderness, almost supri-compliant.
Please feel good,
a very small child
a child's good,
which one suits me.
Please feel good.
We are good people
to the little things
humble and silent,
to a tenderness
grazing and yet deep
like heaven, like the wave of the sea!

PINKERTON
Give me that I kiss your dear hands.
My Butterfly! how well you have named soft butterfly ...

BUTTERFLY
at these words Butterfly is saddened and withdraws his hands
Dicon that over sea
if it falls into man's man,
with frightful expression
every butterfly from a pin is pierced
with torment
and in trave infitta!

PINKERTON
gently taking her hands back to Butterfly and smiling
There is a bit of truth.
And you know why?
Why do not you run away anymore.
with enthusiasm and affection by embracing her
I grabbed you
I calm you throbbing.
You are mine.

BUTTERFLY
abandoning
Yes, for life.

PINKERTON
Come come!
Away from the soul in pain
fearful anguish.
indicates the starry sky
It's a clear night!
Look: everything is sleeping!

BUTTERFLY
looking at the sky, ecstatic
Ah! Sweet night!

PINKERTON
Come come!

BUTTERFLY
How many stars!
I never saw them so beautiful!

PINKERTON
It's a clear night!
Ah! come come!
It's a clear night!
Look: everything is sleeping!

BUTTERFLY
Sweet night! How many stars!

PINKERTON
Come come!

BUTTERFLY
I never saw them so beautiful!

PINKERTON
come come!...

BUTTERFLY
Trema, shines every spark ...

PINKERTON
Come, you're mine! ...

BUTTERFLY
... with the glow of a pupil! Oh!
Oh! how many eyes fixed, careful
of all parts to concern!
pei firmamenti, via pei lidi, via the sea!

PINKERTON
with cupid love
Via the anguish of your heart
I calm you throbbing. You are mine.
Ah, come, come, you are mine!
Ah! Come, look: everyone sleeps!
I calm you throbbing. Ah, come!

BUTTERFLY
Oh! how many fixed eyes are attentive.
How many looks the sky laughs!
Ah! Sweet night!
All ecstatic of love laughs the sky!

PINKERTON
Look: everything is sleeping.
Ah! come! Ah! come come!
Ah! come, Ah! come! you are mine!

They rise from the garden into the cottage.



SECOND ACT
Interior of Butterfly's house

The curtain is raised. The walls are closed, leaving the room in a semi-darkness. Suzuki prays, curled up in front of the Buddha image: the prayer bell rings from time to time. Butterfly is lying on the ground, resting her head in the palms of her hands.

SUZUKI
praying
And Izagi and Izanami, Sarundasico and Kami ...
breaking off
Oh! my head!
the bell rings to draw the attention of the Gods
And you Ten-Sjoodaj!
with a voice of tears, looking at Butterfly
make Butterfly no longer cry,
never again, never again!

BUTTERFLY
without moving
Lazy and obese are the Japanese Gods.
The American God is persuaded
much sooner he responds to those who glorify him.
But I fear that he ignores
that we are here at home.
remains pensive

Suzuki gets up, opens the back wall towards the garden.

BUTTERFLY
Suzuki, is misery far?
Suzuki goes to a small piece of furniture and opens a drawer looking for coins.

SUZUKI
goes to Butterfly showing her a few coins
This is the last fund.

BUTTERFLY
This? Oh! too many expenses!
puts the money in the small piece of furniture and closes it

SUZUKI
sighing
If he does not come back and soon,
we are hurt in tools.

BUTTERFLY
decided, getting up
But come back.

SUZUKI
collapsing his head
Will come back!

BUTTERFLY
annoyed, approaching Suzuki
Because it has
that the Consul provides for the rent,
answer up!

Suzuki is silent

BUTTERFLY
always insisting
Because with so much care
the house supplied locks,
did I never want to come back?

SUZUKI
I do not know.

BUTTERFLY
a little irritated and amazed at so much ignorance
You do not know?
returning calm and with confident pride
I tell you.
To keep the mosquitoes out, the relatives
and the pains, and inside,
with jealous custody, his bride,
his wife who is me: Butterfly.

SUZUKI
not convinced
Never has he heard
of a foreign husband
that he has returned to his nest.

BUTTERFLY
furiously grabs Suzuki
Ah! Shut up! or kill you.
insisting on persuading Suzuki
That last morning:
will you come back, sir? I asked him.
He, with a big heart,
to hide my sentence ...
he answered smiling:
O Butterfly, little wifey,
I will return with the roses to the serene season
when the brood is red.
calm and convinced lies down on the ground
Will come back.

SUZUKI
with disbelief
Speriam.

BUTTERFLY
insisting
Say it with me: It will come back.

SUZUKI
to please her she repeats, but with pain
Will come back...
burst into tears

BUTTERFLY
surprise
You cry? Why? why?
Ah, you miss faith ...
confident and smiling
Listen.
he makes the scene as if he really witnessed it and gradually approaches the depth of the bottom
A good day, we'll see
get a little smoke
from the extreme confin of the sea.
And then the ship appears.
Then the white ship
enter the port,
he salutes his greeting.
You see? It came!
I do not meet him. Not me.
I stand there on the edge of the hill and wait,
and I wait a long time and it does not weigh me,
the long wait.
And out of the city crowd
a man, a small point
he goes to the hill.
Who will be? who will be?
And how it will come
what will he say? what will he say?
He will call Butterfly from far away.
I snza give an answer
I will be hidden from it
a little for celia ...
and a little 'not to die at the first meeting,
and he will rather call in,
will call: iccina wifey
verbena oil,
the names that gave me to his coming
to Suzuki
All this will happen, I promise you.
Keep your fear,
I trust the appearance.

Butterfly and Suzuki embrace each other emotionally.
Butterfly dismisses Suzuki, who comes out of the left door, and sadly follows her gaze.
Goro and Sharpless appear in the garden. Goro looks inside the room, sees Butterfly and tells Sharpless that he follows him:

GORO
There is. Revenue.
Goro disappears in the garden.

SHARPLESS
looking out, knocks discreetly against the wall of the bottom
I apologize...
Sharpless sees Butterfly, who, when he hears, someone has moved.
Madama Butterfly ...

BUTTERFLY
without turning, but correcting
Madama Pinkerton. You are welcome.
turns and recognizes the Consul claps his hands for joy
Oh!

Suzuki enters carefully and prepares a small table for smoking.

BUTTERFLY
merrily
My Mr. Consul, Mr. Consul.

SHARPLESS
surprised
Do you recognize me?

BUTTERFLY
doing the honors of the house
Welcome to the American home.

SHARPLESS
Thank you.

Butterfly, invites the Consul to sit at the table: Sharpless lets himself fall grotesquely on a pillow: Butterfly sits on the other side and smiles mischievously behind the fan seeing the embarrassment of the Consul; then with great grace asks him:

BUTTERFLY
Avi, ancestors all right?

SHARPLESS
thanks smiling
But I hope.

BUTTERFLY
he gestures to Suzuki to prepare the pipe
You smoke?

SHARPLESS
Thank you.
eager to explain the purpose for which he came, he took a letter from his pocket
I have here ...

BUTTERFLY
interrupting it, without noticing the letter
Sir, I see the blue sky.
after taking a puff from the pipe that Suzuki has prepared, he offers it to the Consul.

SHARPLESS
refusing
Thank you...
still trying to resume the speech
I have...

BUTTERFLY
he puts his pipe on the table and very thoughtful says:
Do you prefer American cigarettes?
offers it

SHARPLESS
a little 'annoyed it takes one
Thank you.
and try to continue the speech
I have to show you ...
gets up

BUTTERFLY
he hands Sharpless a lit match
To you.

SHARPLESS
he lit the cigarette, but then he immediately put it down and, presenting the letter, sat on the stool
Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton wrote to me.

BUTTERFLY
with great care
Really! Is he healthy?

SHARPLESS
Perfect.

BUTTERFLY
getting up with great joy
I am the most joyful woman in Japan.
Suzuki is in charge of preparing tea.
Could I ask you a question?

SHARPLESS
Sure.

BUTTERFLY
come back to sit
When do the robins make their nest in America?

SHARPLESS
astonished
How do you say?

BUTTERFLY
Yes, before or after here?

SHARPLESS
But why?

Goro, who wanders around the garden, approaches the terrace and listens, unseen, to what Butterfly says.

BUTTERFLY
My husband promised me,
to return to the blessed season
that the robin remakes the brood.
Here he redone it three times
but it may be that there
use nidiar men often.

Goro looks up and laughs

BUTTERFLY
turning
Who laughs
seeing Goro
Oh, there is the nakodo!
Sharpless plan
A bad man.

GORO
advancing and bowing obsequious
I enjoy ...

BUTTERFLY
to Goro, who bows again and goes away into the garden
Shut up!
in Sharpless
He dared ... No ...
changing idea
first answer my question.

SHARPLESS
sheepish
I regret, but I ignore ...
I have not studied ornithology,

BUTTERFLY
Ornament ...

SHARPLESS
... logy.

BUTTERFLY
You do not know it.

SHARPLESS
try to come back to the subject
No. We said ...

BUTTERFLY
he interrupts him, following his idea
Oh yes. Goro, just BF Pinkerton
he was at sea he came to besiege me
with chatter and with present to give me back
now this, or that husband.
Or promises treasures for an idiot ...

GORO
intervening to justify himself, he enters the room and turns to Sharpless
The rich Yamadori
She is poor in the cane.
His relatives have all denied it.
Beyond the terrace you can see Prince Yamadori in a palanquin, surrounded by servants

BUTTERFLY
he sees Yamadori and points him to Sharpless with a smile
Here it is, watch out!

Yamadori, welcomed by Goro genuflesso, descends from the palanquin, greets the Consul and Butterfly, who has approached the back wall; Yamadori sits on the terrace respectfully facing Butterfly who kneels in the room.

BUTTERFLY
in Yamadori
Yamadori, still the pains of love did not disappoint you?
Do you still cut the veins if my kiss rejects you?

YAMADORI
Among the most annoying things
it is useless to sigh.

BUTTERFLY
with pretty malice
Many wives omai taken off,
you should get used to it.

YAMADORI
I married her all
and the divorce frank me.

BUTTERFLY
Must.

YAMADORI
But I would swear to you constant faith.

SHARPLESS
sighing, put the letter back in his pocket
The message, I'm very scared,
to transmetter I can not.

GORO
with emphasis, indicating Yamadori
Villas, servants, gold,
in Omara a princely palace.

BUTTERFLY
seriously
Already linked is my faith ...

GORO and YAMADORI
in Sharpless
Maritata is still believed.

BUTTERFLY
jerking up
I do not believe it, I am, I am!

GORO
But the law ...

BUTTERFLY
I do not know.

GORO
... for his wife, the abandonment to divorce equated

BUTTERFLY
The Japanese law
not already from my country.

GORO
Which?

BUTTERFLY
The United States

SHARPLESS
between himself
Oh, the unhappy one!

BUTTERFLY
very nervous, warming up
It is known that you will open the door
and his wife will drive for the shortest
here we say divorce.
But this can not be done in America
in Sharpless
True?

SHARPLESS
sheepish
True ... But ...

BUTTERFLY
he interrupts him turning to Yamadori and Goro triumphantly
There a good, serious judge, stiff
he says to her husband:
"Do you want to leave?
"I'm annoyed with the conjugate!"
And the magistrate:
comically
"Ah, scoundrel, soon in jail!"
to stop the speech, he orders Suzuki
Suzuki, tea.
Butterfly goes to Suzuki who has already prepared tea, and pours it into the cups.

YAMADORI
in a whisper to Sharpless
Did you hear?

SHARPLESS
whisper
It makes me so full blindness

GORO
in a whisper to Sharpless and Yamadori
The signal is already Pinkerton's ship.

YAMADORI
desperate
When he sees it again ...

SHARPLESS
sub-entry to the two
He does not want to show you.
I came precisely to get her into deception ...
seeing that Butterfly, followed by Suzuki, approaches to offer tea, breaks the discussion.

BUTTERFLY
offering tea to Sharpless
Your Grace allows?
opens the fan and behind this he mentions the two, laughing
What troublesome people!

Yamadori gets up to leave

YAMADORI
sighing
Goodbye. I leave you the heart
full of condolences: but I still hope ...

BUTTERFLY
Master.
Yamadori starts to go out, then returns back to Butterfly.

YAMADORI
Ah! if you wanted ...

BUTTERFLY
The trouble is, I do not want to ...

Yamadori, after saying goodbye to Sharpless, sighing, goes away, climbs into the palanquin and moves away followed by the servants and Goro. Butterfly still laughs behind the fan. Sharpless sits on the stool, takes a serious, serious, then with great respect and a certain emotion invites Butterfly to sit down, and returns to get the letter out of his pocket.

SHARPLESS
Now to us. Sit here;
showing the letter
Do you want to read this letter with me?

BUTTERFLY
taking the letter
At your place.
kissing
On the mouth,
putting it on the heart
on the heart ...
to Sharpless, kindly
You are the best man in the world.
Begin.
he makes the letter and starts listening with the utmost attention

SHARPLESS
reading
"Friend, you will look for that beautiful flower of a girl ..."

BUTTERFLY
he can not restrain himself and joyfully exclaims
Does he say that?

SHARPLESS
serious
Yes, so he says, but if at any moment ...

BUTTERFLY
getting still, go back to listening
Taccio, taccio, nothing more.

SHARPLESS
"From that happy time,
three years have passed. "

BUTTERFLY
stop reading
He also counted them!

SHARPLESS
resumes
"And maybe Butterfly does not remind me again.

BUTTERFLY
very surprised, turning to Suzuki
I do not remember? Suzuki, say you.
he repeats the words of the letter as if they have been scanned
"Do not remind me again"!

Suzuki leaves the door on the left, removing the tea.

SHARPLESS
between himself
Patience!
read to read
"If he still loves me, if he expects me"

BUTTERFLY
taking the letter from Sharpless's hands, he exclaims with lively tenderness:
Oh, the sweet words!
I send the letter
You, blessed!

SHARPLESS
he resumes the letter and follows to read it undeterred but in a voice trembling with emotion
I recommend to you, so please carefully prepare it ...

BUTTERFLY
with difficulty, but pleased
Come back...

SHARPLESS
... at the stroke ...

BUTTERFLY
he gets up jumping with joy and clapping his hands
When? soon! soon!

SHARPLESS
puffing
Very good! he stands up erupting the letter in his pocket
between himself
Here it is convenient to cut it off ...
irritated
That pinkerton's devil!
he looks at Butterfly in his serene eyes
Well, what would you do, Madam Butterfly,
if it were not to return to mair?
Butterfly motionless, as if struck to death, leans her head and responds with childlike submission, almost stuttering:
Two things you could do:
come back to entertain the people, singing ...
or better, to die.

Sharpless is deeply moved and walks agitated; then he returns to Butterfly, takes her two hands and with paternal tenderness tells her:

SHARPLESS
To get rid of you very much costs me from deceiving mirages.
Accept the proposal of that rich Yamadori.

BUTTERFLY
with a voice broken by tears and withdrawing hands
You, Mr.,
you tell me this! You?

SHARPLESS
sheepish
Holy God, how is it done?

BUTTERFLY
claps his hands and Suzuki rushes
Here, Suzuki, soon, soon,
that His Grace is leaving.

SHARPLESS
it's about to start going out
You chase me?

Butterfly, repentant, runs to Sharpless and sobbing holds him back

BUTTERFLY
I beg you: already the insistence is not valid.
dismiss Suzuki, who goes into the garden

SHARPLESS
apologetically
I was brutal, I do not deny it.

BUTTERFLY
painfully, putting his hand to his heart
Oh, you hurt me so much,
so bad, so, so much!

Butterfly wobbles; Sharpless supports her, but Butterfly immediately dominates

BUTTERFLY
Nothing nothing!
I believed I was going to die.
But the clouds pass over the sea as soon as the clouds pass by.
taking a resolution
Ah! forgot me?

Butterfly runs into the left room.
Butterfly returns triumphantly holding her child seated on her left shoulder and shows it to Sharpless gloriously.

BUTTERFLY
with enthusiasm
And this? And this?
And this, can he forget?
he places the child on the ground and holds him tightly to himself

SHARPLESS
with emotion
Is he his?

BUTTERFLY
pointing hand
with sweetness and with a little shaking
Who ever saw a blue-eyed baby in Japan?
And the lip? And the sincere golden curls?

SHARPLESS
increasingly moved
It's obvious, and Pinkerton knows that?

BUTTERFLY
No. No.
with passion
He was born when he was
in that great country.
But you
caressing the baby
you will write to him
that an unparalleled son is waiting for her!
And you will know how to tell me if you do not rush
for the lands and for the seas!
putting the child to sit on the pillow and kneeling next to him
tenderly kisses the baby
You know what a heart to think
indicating Sharpless
that gentleman?
taking the baby in his arms
That your mother must take you in her arms
and to the rain and the wind to go to the city
to earn bread and clothing.
And to the pious people
the trembling man will stretch
shouting: Listen, listen
the sad my song.
To an unhappy mother, charity
move to pity ...
gets up, while the child is sitting on the pillow playing with a doll
And Butterfly, horrible destiny, will dance for you,
And as he did already
he raises his child and with his hands raised he implores him
Chesha will sing!
And the joyful and joyful song will end in a sighizzo!
Ah! no, no! this never!
throwing himself to 'knees in front of Sharpless
this mestier who leads to dishonor!
Dead! Dead! Never dance again!
Rather my life will cut off!
Ah! Dead!
falls to the ground near the baby who hugs tightly and caresses with convulsive motion

SHARPLESS
he can not hold back the tears
How much pity!
winning his emotion
I go downstairs. Do you forgive me?
Butterfly with a gentle act gives the hand to Sharpless, who holds her in effusion.

BUTTERFLY
turning to the child he takes a hand and puts it in Sharpless's
Give it to you.

SHARPLESS
Beautiful blonde hair!
he kisses him
Dear, what do they call you?

BUTTERFLY
to the child, with childish grace
Reply: Today my name is Pain.
But tell dad, by writing to him,
that the day of his return,
getting up
Joy, Joy I will call myself!

SHARPLESS
Your father will know, I promise you ...
he salutes Butterfly and quickly exits the door on the right

SUZUKI
outside, shouting
Wasp! Damned toad!
he enters violently dragging Goro, who tries in vain to escape them.
Acute cry of Goro.

BUTTERFLY
to Suzuki
Wich was?

SUZUKI
The vampire buzzes around!
and every day at four winds spreading goes
that no one knows who father to the child is!
leave Goro

GORO
protesting, in a voice of fear
I said ... just ...
that there in America
approaching the child and pointing it out
when a son was born cursed
Butterfly instinctively puts himself before the child, as if to defend him.
it will always draw back life among the peoples!
wild cry of Butterfly
he runs to the reliquary and takes the hanging knife

BUTTERFLY
with a wild voice
Ah! you lie! minds! minds!
Ah! minds!
He grabs Goro, who falls to the ground, and threatens to kill him. Goro utters loud, desperate, long-voices.

BUTTERFLY
Tell it again and kill yourself!

SUZUKI
No!
intruding: then, scared at that scene, he takes the baby and takes him to the room on the left

BUTTERFLY
he rejects him with his foot
Go away!

Goro flees. Butterfly remains motionless as petrified.
Butterfly shakes little by little and goes to put away the knife.

BUTTERFLY
turning the thought to his child
You'll see, little love,
my pain and my comfort,
my little love ...
Ah! you will see that your vendicator
exalting
he will take us far, far away, to his land,
far will bring us

Cannon shot on the scene.

SUZUKI
The cannon of the port!

Butterfly and Suzuki run towards the terrace.

SUZUKI
A warship ...

BUTTERFLY
White, white ...
the American flag of the stars ...
Or governs to anchor.
he takes a telescope on the table and runs on the terrace to observe
all trembling with emotion, he points the telescope at the port and tells Suzuki:
Hold me the hand that I deny the name,
The name, the name.
Here it is: Abraham Lincoln!
he gives Suzuki a telescope and returns to the room in great excitement
Everyone has lied! everyone, everyone!
I only knew it, only I love it.
to Suzuki
Do you see the doubt your doubt?
Came! came!
came! right in the point
that everyone said: cry and despair ...
My love triumphs! my love;
my fe 'triumphs whole:
and come back and love me!
jubilant, runs on the terrace
to Suzuki who followed her on the terrace
Shake that cherry leaf
and it floods me with flowers.
I wanted to dive into the smelling rain
the brow in front.
sobbing for tenderness

SUZUKI
calming
Madam, please ... that cry ...

BUTTERFLY
return with Suzuki in the room
No, I laugh, I laugh!
How long will we have to wait?
What do you think? An hour!

SUZUKI
More!

BUTTERFLY
Two hours maybe.
going around the room
Everything, everything is full of flowers,
like the night is sparks.
he mentions Suzuki to go into the garden
It goes pei fior.

Suzuki starts; arrived on the terrace, she turns to Butterfly.

SUZUKI
from the terrace
All the flowers?

BUTTERFLY
to Suzuki cheerfully
All the flowers, all, all.
Peach, violet, gelsomin,
how much of a tuft, or of grass, or of a tree bloomed.

SUZUKI
in the garden at the foot of the terrace
A squalor in winter will be all the garden!
catches flowers in the garden

BUTTERFLY
All spring I want you to smell here.

SUZUKI
from the garden
A squalor in winter will be all the garden.
appears at the foot of the terrace with a bundle of flowers that protrudes to Butterfly
To you, madam.

BUTTERFLY
taking the flowers from Suzuki's hands
Cogline again.
Butterfly arranges flowers in vases, while Suzuki still goes down into the garden.

SUZUKI
from the garden
Often you have to cover this hedge
far, weeping in the deserted immensity.

BUTTERFLY
The waiting arrived, nothing more I asked the sea;
I cried to the clod, it suosi fior gives me.

SUZUKI
appears again on the terrace with hands full of flowers
Spoglio is the vegetable garden.

BUTTERFLY
Is the vegetable garden bare?
Come, help me.

SUZUKI
Roses at the threshold.
Butterfly and Suzuki scatter flowers everywhere

BUTTERFLY
All spring

SUZUKI
All spring

BUTTERFLY
I want you to smell here.

SUZUKI
I want you to smell here.

BUTTERFLY
Let's sow around april,

SUZUKI
Let's sow around april.

BUTTERFLY
let's sow around april!

SUZUKI
All spring, all, all.

BUTTERFLY
throwing flowers
All spring
I want you to smell it here ...

SUZUKI
Gigli? violets?

BUTTERFLY
around, around spread.

SUZUKI
Let's sow around april.

BUTTERFLY
Let's sow around april.
Her sedil s'inghirlandi,
of convolvi s'inghirlandi;
lilies and violets around spandi,
let's sow around april!

SUZUKI
Lilies, spurred roses,
all spring,
spread lilies, violets,
let's sow around april!

BUTTERFLY and SUZUKI
throwing flowers while the person follows the rhythm with a bland sway of dance
We throw hands full
mammals and tuberose,
corolla of verbene,
petals of every flower!
Verbene corollas,
petals of every flower!

Suzuki has two lamps near the dressing table where she squats Butterfly.

BUTTERFLY
to Suzuki
Now come to adorn me.
No! first bring me the baby.

Suzuki goes into the room on the left and brings the child to sit next to Butterfly, while she looks at herself in a small hand mirror and says sadly:

BUTTERFLY
I'm not that anymore!
Too many sighs, the mouth sent,
and the eye looked back
in the far too loose.
to Suzuki
Give me a touch of carmine on my face
takes a brush and puts some red on the cheeks of her baby
and also to you, little one,
because waking does not do you
vote for pallor the cheeks.

SUZUKI
inviting her to stay calm
You do not move, I've got you to get your hair done.

BUTTERFLY
smiling at this thought
What will they say!
And Uncle Bonzo?
with a hint of irritation
already of my harm all happy!
smiling
And Yamadori with his languor!
Mocking, mocked, mocked,
pluck the ungrateful!

SUZUKI
has finished the toilet
It's done.

BUTTERFLY
to Suzuki
The obi that I dressed as a bride.
Here I dress him.

While Butterfly wears the dress, Suzuki puts the other to the child, wrapping it almost all in the wide and light folds.

BUTTERFLY
I see you wearing the veil of the first day!
to Suzuki, who has finished dressing the baby
And a red papyrus in the hair.
Suzuki points the flower in the hair of Butterfly, who is pleased.
So.

It's evening.

BUTTERFLY
with childlike grace he signals Suzuki to close the shosi.
In shosi or dom three small holes for concern,
and stay quiet as mice waiting for ...

The night is falling ever more. Suzuki closes the shosi in the bottom. Butterfly leads the child to the shosi ...
... he makes three holes in the shosi: one high for himself, one lower for Suzuki and the third one even lower for the child, who sits on a cushion, hinting at him to look carefully out of the hole he has prepared. Suzuki after bringing the two wine lamps to the shosi, squats and spies it on the outside too. Butterfly stands before the highest hole and, spying on it, remains immovable, rigid like a statue; the child, who is between his mother and Suzuki, looks out curiously.

It's night; the lunar rays illumine the shosi from the outside.
The baby falls asleep, spilling backwards, lying on the pillow and Suzuki falls asleep well, sending back squatting: only Butterfly remains always upright and still.



Act THIRD

Butterfly, still motionless, spying outside; the child, overturned on the pillow, sleeps and sleeps Suzuki, folded over the person.

SAILORS
of the bay, far away
Oh eh! oh eh! oh eh!
oh eh! oh eh! oh eh!
oh eh! oh eh! oh eh!
oh eh! oh eh! oh eh!
oh eh! oh eh! oh eh!

Noises of chains, anchors and maritime maneuvers. Whistling birds from the garden. The dawn begins .. The dawn rises pink. Check the aurora. The sun shines outside.

SUZUKI
waking up with a start
Already the sun!
gets up, goes to Butterfly and beats her on the shoulder
Cio-cio-san ...

BUTTERFLY
he shakes and fills himself:
It will come, it will come, you will see.
he sees the baby asleep and takes it on his arms, moving towards the room on the left

SUZUKI
Go up to rest, you are heartbroken
when he comes ... I will call you.

BUTTERFLY
climbing the ladder
Sleep my love, sleep on my heart.
You if with God and I with my pain ...
To you, arouse the stars of the time.
My baby sleep!
enter the room on the left

SUZUKI
sadly, collapsing his head
Poor Butterfly!

BUTTERFLY
voice a bit 'far
Sleep my love, sleep on my heart.
farther voice
You are with God and I with my pain.

SUZUKI
Poor Butterfly!

It beats lightly at the entrance door.

SUZUKI
Who is it?

It beats faster. Suzuki goes to open the shosi in the bottom.

SUZUKI
shouts, for the big surprise
Oh!

SHARPLESS
on the edge of the entrance he nods to Suzuki of silence
Stz!

PINKERTON
recommends Suzuki to keep quiet
Shut up! shut up!

SHARPLESS
Shut up! shut up!
Pinkerton and Sharpless enter cautiously on tiptoe.

PINKERTON
prematurely to Suzuki
Do not wake her up.

SUZUKI
She was so tired!
He waited for you all night with the baby.

PINKERTON
How did you know?

SUZUKI
A ship has not arrived in the port for three years,
that from lunge Butterfly
do not scrutinize the color, the flag.

SHARPLESS
to Pinkerton
Did I tell you?

SUZUKI
to go
I call her...

PINKERTON
stopping Suzuki
No: not yet.

SUZUKI
pointing to the flowered room
You see it,
In the evening, the room wanted scattered flowers.

SHARPLESS
moved to Pinkerton
Did I tell you?

PINKERTON
disturbed
Such a pity!

Suzuki hears noise in the garden, goes to look out and exclaims with wonder:

SUZUKI
Who's out there in the garden?
A woman!

PINKERTON
goes to Suzuki and leads her back to the front, recommending her to speak softly
Shut up!

SUZUKI
agitated
Who is it? who is it?

SHARPLESS
Better to tell her everything ...

SUZUKI
dismayed
Who is it? who is it?

PINKERTON
sheepish
She came with me.

SUZUKI
Who is it? who is it?

SHARPLESS
with force repressed but deliberately
And his wife!

SUZUKI
stunned, he raises his arms to the sky, then rushes to his knees with his face to the ground
Holy souls of the forefathers!
The sun has gone out of the child,
the sun has gone out! ...

SHARPLESS
calm Suzuki and lifts her off the ground
We chose this morning time
to find you alone, Suzuki,
and to the great test a help, a support
looking with you.

SUZUKI
sorry
What is it good for? What is it good for?

SHARPLESS
takes Suzuki aside and tries to persuade her to consent, while Pinkerton, more and more agitated, wanders around the room and observes
I know that to his pains
there are no comfort!
But it's worthwhile for the baby
ensure the fate!
The compassionate
that enter does not dare
maternal care of the child will have.

PINKERTON
Oh, the bitter fragrance of these flowers,
poisonous to the heart I go.
The room is unchanged
of our love.

SUZUKI
Or, me sad! And you want
I ask a mother ...

SHARPLESS
Come on, talk,
come on, talk to the pious one
and lead it here
if you see Butterfly, it does not matter.
Indeed, better if you realize the truth
he did it to his sight.
Come on, talk to the pious one,
come on, take her here,
conduct it here ...

SUZUKI
And you want me to ask a mother
Oh! me sad! Oh! me sad!
Holy souls of the forefathers!
The sun has gone out!
Oh! me sad!
Holy souls of the forefathers!
The sun has gone out!
pushed by Sharpless goes into the garden to reach Mistress Pinkerton

PINKERTON
goes to the Buddha statue
But a gel of death is there.
see his own portraits
My portrait
Three years have passed,
three years have passed,
three years have passed
and noveratin 'has the days and hours,
the days and hours!

SHARPLESS
leading Suzuki away
Come, Suzuki, come!

PINKERTON
overcome by emotion and unable to hold back the cry approaches Sharpless and resolutely tells him:
I can not remain,

SUZUKI
going away
Oh! me sad!

PINKERTON
Sharpless, I wait for you on the way.

SHARPLESS
Did not I tell you?

PINKERTON
Give her some help:
I shy away from remorse,
I feel sorry for remorse.

SHARPLESS
I said Vel? do you remember?
when the man gave you:
"mind you, she believes it"
and I was a prophet!
Deaf to advice,
deaf to doubts, vilified
in the expected wait
he gathered his heart.

PINKERTON
Yes, all in an instant
I see my phallus
and I feel that of this torment
truce never will not have,
I will never have! no!

SHARPLESS
Go: the true sad alone will learn.

PINKERTON
sweetly with regret
Goodbye flowered asil,
of joy and love.
Always his meek semblance
with atrocious torment I will see.

SHARPLESS
But now that sincere press is already.

PINKERTON
Goodbye, flowered asil,

SHARPLESS
Vel said, do you remember?
and I was a prophet.

PINKERTON
I can not stand up to your squalor,
ah, I can not stand up to your squalor.
I flee, flee: they are vil!
Goodbye, I can not stand up to your squalor,
ah! son vil, ah! son vil!

SHARPLESS
Go, the sad truth will learn.

Pinkerton clasps his hands to the Consul, quickly coming out of the bottom: Sharpless sadly cracks his head.
Suzuki comes from the garden followed by Kate who stops at the foot of the terrace.

KATE
with sweetness to Suzuki
Will you tell her?

SUZUKI
he responds with his head down, without losing his stiffness
I promise.

KATE
And will you advise her to entrust me?

SUZUKI
I promise.

KATE
I will keep it as a child.

SUZUKI
I believe you. But I need to be alone next to her.
In the big hour ... alone!
It will cry a lot!
he will cry a lot!

BUTTERFLY
voice away from the room on the left, calling
Suzuki!
nearest
Suzuki!
Where are you? Suzuki!
appears at the ajar door; Kate not to be seen moves away into the garden

SUZUKI
I'm here ... I was praying
and put back in place. No...
rushes to prevent Butterfly from entering
no, no, no, no, do not go down ...
Butterfly rushes in, disengaging himself from Suzuki who tries in vain to keep him.

SUZUKI
shouting
no, no, no.

BUTTERFLY
wandering around the room with great excitement, but jubilant
It's here, it's here ... where is it hidden?
it's here, it's here ...
seeing Sharpless
Here is the Consul.
dismayed, looking for Pinkerton
and where? where is it?
after looking at everything, in every corner, in the small alcove and behind the screen, dismay looks around
There is not!

He sees Kate in the garden and stares at Sharpless.

BUTTERFLY
in Sharpless
That woman?
What do you want from me?
Niuno speaks ...

Suzuki cries silently.

BUTTERFLY
surprise
Why are you crying?

Sharpless approaches Butterfly to talk to her; this fears to understand and becomes small like a scary little girl.

BUTTERFLY
No: do not tell me anything, nothing ...
maybe I could fall dead on the moment ...
with affectionate and childlike kindness to Suzuki
You, Suzuki, you're so good, do not cry!
and you love me so much,
a Yes, a No, of the plan: Does he live?

SUZUKI
Yup.
as if he had received a mortal blow: stiffened

BUTTERFLY
But it does not come anymore.
They told you!

Suzuki is silent

BUTTERFLY
irritated by Suzuki's silence
Wasp! I want you to answer.

SUZUKI
Never again.

BUTTERFLY
coldly
But did it come yesterday?
who understood, look at Kate, almost fascinated
Ah! that woman
it scares me so much! so scared!

SHARPLESS
It is the innocent cause of all your misfortune.
Forgive them.

BUTTERFLY
understanding, shout:
Ah! and his wife!
in a calm voice
Everything is dead for me!
everything is finished! Ah!

SHARPLESS
Courage.

BUTTERFLY
Take it all!
desperate
my son!

SHARPLESS
Do it for your sake the sacrifice ...

BUTTERFLY
desperate
Ah! sad mother! sad mother!
Abandon my son!
remains still calm
And be it!
I must obey him!

KATE
that has timidly approached the terrace, without entering the room
Can you forgive me, Butterfly?

BUTTERFLY
Under the great bridge of the sky
there is no woman happier than you.
Always be there; you are not attracted to me.

KATE
to Sharpless, who approached her
Poor little one!

SHARPLESS
very moved
It is an immense pity!

KATE
And will the son give it?

BUTTERFLY
that he has heard, he says solemnly and putting off the words:
I can give it to him
he'll come looking for it.
with intention, but with great simplicity
In half an hour, go up the hill.

Suzuki accompanies Kate and Sharpless from the back. Butterfly falls to the ground, crying; Suzuki hastens to rescue her.

SUZUKI
putting a hand on Butterfly's heart
Like a captive fly
the wings beats the little heart!

Butterfly is gradually relieved: seeing that it is day, she dissolves from Suzuki, and tells her:

BUTTERFLY
Too much light is difusor,
and too much spring.
Close.

Suzuki goes to close the shosi, so that the room remains almost in complete darkness.
Suzuki returns to Butterfly.

BUTTERFLY
Where is the child?

SUZUKI
Giuoca ... I call him?

BUTTERFLY
with anguish
Let him play, let him play.
Go and keep him company.

SUZUKI
crying out
I stay with you.

BUTTERFLY
resolutely, clapping hands
Go, go. I command you.
He lifts Suuki, who cries desperately, and pushes her out of the left door.
Butterfly kneels in front of the Buddha image.
Butterfly remains motionless, absorbed in painful thought, yet the sobs of Suzuki are heard, which are gradually fading.
Butterfly has a spasmodic motion.
Butterfly goes to the cabinet and pulls out the white veil, which throws through the screen, then takes the knife, which is enclosed in a lacquer case, hangs on the wall at the statue of Buddha.
He kisses the blade religiously, holding it by his hands for the tip and for the handle.

BUTTERFLY
read the words that are engraved in a low voice
"With honor dies who can not serbar life with honor."
the knife is pointed sideways to the throat.

He opens the door on the left and sees Suzuki's arm pushing the child towards his mother: he enters running with his hands up: Butterfly drops the knife, rushes towards the child, hugs him and kisses him almost to suffocate him.

BUTTERFLY
You? you? you? you? you? you? you?
with great feeling, frantically agitated
little God! Love, my love,
lily and rose flower.
taking the baby's head, putting it near him
Never know it for yourself,
for your pure eyes,
with a voice of tears
muor Butterfly ...
so you can go
beyond the sea
without bothering you
to the mature, the maternal abandonment.
with exaltation
Or to me, come down from the throne
of the high heaven,
look hard, your mother's face fixed!
that ten remains a trace, look well!
Love, goodbye! goodbye! little love!
with a weak voice
Go, play, play!

Butterfly takes the child, puts it on a mat with his face turned to the left, gives him the American weathervane and a puppatola and invites him to play around, while gently blindfold his eyes. Then he grabs the knife and, keeping his gaze fixed on the child, goes behind the screen.
Here the knife is heard to fall to the ground, and the great white veil disappears behind the screen.
We see Butterfly leaning out of the screen, and groping to move toward the child - the big white veil surrounds her neck: with a faint smile she greets the child and pulls close to him, still having the strength to hug him, then falls close.

PINKERTON
indoor
Butterfly! Butterfly! Butterfly!

The right door is violently open. Pinkerton and Sharpless rush into the room, rushing to Butterfly who with a weak gesture indicates the child and dies. Pinkerton kneels, while Sharpless takes the baby and kisses him sobbing.