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Madama Butterfly

This event does not take place at the Sydney Opera House. The venue for this performance is the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

One of Opera Australia’s most loved productions makes its Capitol Theatre premiere, ready to capture your imagination and your heart, whether for the first time or all over again from 24 October - 4 November 2017.

Madama Butterfly, one of the world’s most famous love stories, is a heartbreakingly beautiful romantic tragedy about a Japanese Geisha who marries a US sailor, only to be abandoned by him.

“A beautiful and moving experience”

The Sydney Morning Herald

This Event is:

Sublime
Moving
Inspiring
Must do

Before there was Miss Saigon, there was Madama Butterfly.

It’s a love story as old as time. Enchanted by the beauty of the east, the American sailor Pinkerton takes a young geisha for his wife. The innocent Butterfly falls helplessly, hopelessly in love.

But every ship must return to its shore, and Pinkerton returns home, leaving Butterfly behind.

Music of impossible beauty traces this story from the lover’s first, rapturous embrace to the intense, powerful finale.

Experience the stunning elegance of this legendary production. Sensuous silken gowns flutter across wooden platforms. Flame dances on water. Cherry blossoms fall from the sky as we wait, with bated breath, alongside the faithful Butterfly.

ARTIST INFORMATION

CONDUCTOR    Brian Castles-Onion
ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY    Moffatt Oxenbould
REVIVAL DIRECTOR    Hugh Halliday
SET & COSTUME DESIGNERS    Peter England & Russell Cohen
LIGHTING DESIGNER    Robert Bryan
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR    Andrew Frith
     
CIO-CIO-SAN    Karah Son *
    Hyeseoung Kwon †
PINKERTON    Diego Torre *
    Andeka Gorrotxategi †
SUZUKI    Sian Pendry *
    Agnes Sarkis †
SHARPLESS    Barry Ryan
GORO    Graeme Macfarlane
THE BONZE    Gennadi Dubinsky
YAMADORI    Sitiveni Talei
KATE PINKERTON     Jane Ede
COMMISSIONER    Ryan Sharp
REGISTRAR    Gregory Brown

Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus



* 24, 26, 28, 31 October; 2 November at 7:30pm 
4 November at 1pm
† 25, 27 October; 2, 4 November at 7:30pm
29 October at 3pm

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