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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour Madama Butterfly

24 March - 23 April 2023

This event takes place off site at Mrs Macquaries Point

Opera Australia


Join Opera Australia for Sydney’s best night out, with fireworks every night, take your seats under the stars.

Opera Australia’s back with Sydney’s best night out

Under the stars, with fireworks every night as well as pop-up bars and eateries, this is “the most impressive outdoor event in Australia…You don’t need to understand opera to understand what makes the occasion great.” (Concrete Playground).

Take your seats overlooking ‘Paradise’ – complete with a bamboo grove and a giant moon and rising sun floating on the harbour. The picture-perfect backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge twinkles with thousands of city lights.

For innocent Cio-Cio-San, love flutters on wings of desire. For brash Pinkerton, a flight of fancy is irresistible. Puccini’s intimate ode to unrequited love has always been shocking. East meets West, devotion meets disregard, expectation meets disappointment. In the clash, Cio-Cio-San’s dreams are shattered.  

Presented by Opera Australia


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A modern Butterfly soars as art and spectacle combine on Sydney Harbour.


Artist information

Creative Team

Brian Castles-Onion

Àlex Ollé

Revival Director 
Susana Gómez 

Set Designer Alfons Flores

Costume Designer 
Lluc Castells

Sound Designer 
Tony David Cray


Karah Son, Eva Kong

Sian Sharp, Agnes Sarkis

Diego Torre, Thomas Strong 

Michael Honeyman, Luke Gabbedy

Virgilo Marino

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Other information

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