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Mariana Hong masterfully inhabits the role of Cio-Cio San. Her operatic studies in Milan and extensive experience with Opera Australia amply reward with a pure, expressive and soaring soprano that makes light work of the most challenging of Puccini’s arias.
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Tell us about the character of Cio-Cio San. What do you find most interesting about her?
Cio-Cio San is a young, innocent girl, yet very strong. She just wants to feel what love is, and have a better future. She gives everything. Her real strength appears when she has to raise her son by herself. She makes hard decisions that are right for her. Most interesting is, she gives everything to Pinkerton and to her son. And you will see what she has been through, over 3 years’ time, while she is waiting for Pinkerton to come back. From the lovely, innocent young geisha to a woman who loses her child and lover. To play this roller coaster of emotions, is actually a great challenge because I have never experienced some of these in real life.