Giacomo Puccini

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly is a magnificent work by Puccini with a ravishing score to tug at the heart. Romantic Cio-Cio-San's innocence and trust is captured by the cynical Lieutenant Pinkerton, who marries heras a novelty and temporary convenience with absolutely no intention of honouring his vows for longer than it suits him to do so.

Japanese soprano, Hiromi Omura, protrays Butterfly with grace, bringing to the stage a complex combination of fragility and strength, with singing that is both exquisite and powerful. James Egglestone gives Pinkerton the self-possession of a man who takes from the world what he wants, his strong voice soaring over the magnificent orchestra. The drama is played out on an elegant, minimalistic set splashed with bright colour from the gorgeous costumes and lighting, inspired by Japanese theatre traditions.

Sung in Italian with English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean and Japanese subtitles.


Conductor Giovanni Reggioli
Director Moffatt Oxenbould
Designers Peter England, Russell Cohen
Lighting Designer Robert Bryan
B.F. Pinkerton James Eggleston
Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) Hiromi Omura
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
Suzuki Sian Pendry
Sharpless Barry Ryan
The Imperial Commissioner Clifford Plumpton
The Official Registrar Gregory Brown
The Bonze Jud Arthur
Prince Yamadori Samuel Dundas
Kate Pinkerton Nicole Car
Dolore John Nguyen
Producer Sam Russell
Audio Director Tony David Cray
TV Director Cameron Kirkpatrick

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria