Butterfly and Pinkerton, silhouetted against the setting sun.

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.

Puccini's popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers' first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the aria 'One Fine Day' and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.

One of Australia's greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets.

Hear Opera Australia's wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra, along with a children's chorus, drawn from local communities.

This touring production of Madame Butterfly has been selected for the 2018 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist (Unit 4).

On sale dates vary for each venue. Please check with venues directly for their on sale date.

On tour in 2018

Albury, NSW | 4 September | Albury Entertainment Centre

Armidale, NSW | 9 August | Lazenby Hall, University of New England; presented by New England Conservatorium of Music 

Ballarat, VIC | 26 July | Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts

Bathurst, NSW | 16 August | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Bendigo, VIC | 28 July | Ulumbarra Theatre

Burnie, TAS | 12 September | Burnie Arts and Function Centre

Canberra, ACT | 6–8 September | Canberra Theatre Centre

Dandenong, VIC | 13 & 14 July | Drum Theatre

Dubbo, NSW | 25 August | Dubbo Regional Theatre

Hobart, TAS | 14 & 15 September | Theatre Royal

Horsham, VIC | 2 August | Horsham Town Hall

Launceston, TAS | 18 September | Princess Theatre

Mildura, VIC | 31 July | Mildura Arts Centre

Murwillumbah, NSW | 7 August | Murwillumbah Civic Centre

Narre Warren, VIC | 17 July | Bunjil Place

Newcastle, NSW | 14 August | Civic Theatre

Orange, NSW | 28 August | Civic Theatre

Parramatta, NSW | 18 August | Riverside Theatre

Port Macquarie, NSW | 11 August | The Glasshouse

Tamworth, NSW | 4 August | Capitol Theatre

Wagga Wagga, NSW | 30 August | Civic Theatre

Wangaratta, VIC | 1 September | Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

Warragul, VIC | 21 July | St Pauls Anglican Grammar School Hall

Warrnambool, VIC | 24 July | Lighthouse Theatre

Wollongong, NSW | 22 & 23 August | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

Wyong, NSW | 20 August | The Art House

Yarram, VIC | 20 July | Regent Theatre

Conductor Warwick Stengårds
Director John Bell
Designer Jennie Tate
Design Realised by Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Cio-Cio-San Sharon Zhai
  Danita Weatherstone
Pinkerton Matthew Reardon
  Martin Buckingham
Suzuki Anna Yun
  Kristen Leich
SHARPLESS Andrew Moran
Goro Michael Petruccelli
Bonze Steven Gallop
Yamadori / Butler Shoumendu Schornikow
Kate Pinkerton Kristen Leich
  Anna Yun
Coro Danita Weatherstone

Sharon Zhai


Martin Buckingham


Matthew Reardon

Chamber Orchestra

National Tour Leading Partner



Opera Australia's regional and schools touring program is made possible by generous donations from opera lovers. Opera Australia would like to thank:

Gabby Walters, in memory of her parents Jane and Laurie Walters
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Madame Butterfly on National Tour in 2018
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Madame Butterfly on National Tour: Costume Gallery