Butterfly and Pinkerton, silhouetted against the setting sun.

Madama Butterfly

Madama 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 'Un bel dì, vedremo' and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.

One of Australia's greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this 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.

Each venue puts their tickets on sale at a different time. Please check with your local venue for their on sale date.

On tour in 2019

Albany, WA | 24 August | Albany Entertainment Centre

Alice Springs, NT | 6-7 August | Araluen Arts Centre

Broome, WA | 14 August | Sun Pictures

Bunbury, WA | 22 August | Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Cairns, QLD | 30 July | Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Darwin, NT | 9-10 August | Darwin Entertainment Centre

Frankston, VIC | 13 July | Frankston Arts Centre

Geraldton, WA | 19 August | Queens Park Theatre

Gladstone, QLD | 25 July | Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

Gold Coast, QLD | 18-20 July | HOTA, Home of the Arts

Kalgoorlie, WA | 27 August | Goldfields Arts Centre

Karratha, WA | 16 August | Karratha Arts and Community Precinct

Mackay, QLD | 27 July | Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

Mandurah, WA | 21 August | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Maryborough, QLD | 23 July | Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre

Mount Isa, QLD | 1 August | Mount Isa Civic Centre

Mount Gambier, SA | 31 August | Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Port Pirie, SA | 29 August | Northern Festival Centre

Rockhampton, QLD | 16 July | Pilbeam Theatre

Tennant Creek, NT | 3 August | Tennant Creek Civic Hall


conductor Paul Fitzsimon
director John Bell
revival director Liesel Badorrek
revival choreographer Matthew Barclay
DEsigner Jennie Tate
Design REalised by Julie Lynch
regional children's chorus master Mark Connors
Cio-Cio-San Eva Kong
  Sharon Zhai
Pinkerton Bradley Daley
  Matthew Reardon
sharpless Andrew Moran
suzuki Barbara Jin
Goro Michael Lapina
Bonze Steven Gallop
Yamadori Shoumendu Schornikow
Kate Pinkerton Kristen Leich

Chamber Orchestra

This touring production of Madama Butterfly was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.

National Tour Leading Partner


Production Partner
APT logo
Madame Butterfly on National Tour in 2018
Photo Gallery

Madame Butterfly on National Tour: Costume Gallery

Matthew Reardon behind the scenes in Opera Australia's touring production of Madame Butterfly in 2018
Photo Gallery

Madame Butterfly on National Tour: Behind the scenes (...)