Puccini's ever-popular Madame Butterfly returns to the Israel Opera from April 9-22 in a production staged by innovative Polish director Mariusz Trelinski. First produced at the Warsaw National Opera, the production will open the Polish Season in Israel. Aptly named for the delicate creature that revels briefly in the sun before expiring, Butterfly is the tragic tale of Cio Cio San (sopranos Hiromi Omura, Larissa Tetuev) who gives her heart to Pinkerton (tenors Zoran Todorovich, Yotam Cohen), an American naval officer. She is ultimately abandoned by him and commits seppuku or ritual suicide. Trelinski (b.1961) is making his local debut. He began his career as a film director before moving to the stage. In 1995 he directed his first opera at the Warsaw Grand Theater. Since then he has directed all over the world, including at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera. Omura, herself Japanese, has sung Cio Cio San all over and makes her local debut in the role, as does Croatian tenor Todorovich. The conductors are Daniel Inbal, also making his Israel Opera debut, and in-house conductor Omer Welber.