Butterfly floats in a pool of water, surrounded by lillies and candlelight
Opera Australia in partnership with XDR Cultural Promotions and Poly Theatre Management Co. Ltd. present

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.

Touring to China in 2018

Tianjin Grand Theatre

Thursday 4 October, 7:30pm
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm

Qingdao Grand Theatre

Thursday 11 October, 7:30pm
Friday 12 October, 7:30pm

Shenzhen Poly Theatre

Friday 19 October, 8pm
Saturday 20 October, 8pm

Zhuhai Grand Theatre

Thursday 25 October, 8pm
Friday 26 October, 8pm

Madama Butterfly at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2012
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Madama Butterfly at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2012


Conductor Muhai Tang
Director Moffatt Oxenbould
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set & Costume Designer Peter England
& Russell Cohen
Lighting Designer Robert Bryan
Movement Coordinator Andrew Frith
Cio-Cio-San Mariana Hong
Suzuki Agnes Sarkis
Pinkerton Paul O'Neill
Sharpless José Carbó
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
Bonze Steven Gallop
Yamadori Simon Meadows
Kate Pinkerton Kristen Leich
Commissioner Simon Meadows
Registrar Michael Lapina

China National Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Performed in Italian with Simplified Chinese surtitles

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one twenty-minute interval.