One of the most powerful and moving moments for me in Puccini's Madama Butterfly is the famous Humming Chorus at the end of Act II when Cio-cio-san, Suzuki (Cio-cio-san's trusted housemaid), and little Soro (Cio-cio-san's) three-year-old boy keep vigil for Pinkerton's ship (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) to return by looking out on Nagasaki Bay. Like a little child, Soro cannot stay awake and lovingly rests his head in the safety and warmth of his mother's lap. Suzuki, Butterfly's devoted housemaid, fears that Pinkerton will not keep his promise to return, tries to stay awake, and eventually dozes off. Butterfly, however, confidently remains steadfast, faithful, and true, believing that Pinkerton will return. Not one word is sung at this moment in the opera, but the music and emotion conveyed at that moment are one of the most effective in all of the opera and show the sheer genius of Puccini. Eleanora Buratto made her debut in the role of Butterfly and is phenomenal as well as the seasoned mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, who plays the role of Suzuki.