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Madama Butterfly

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Madama Butterfly

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJune 28 – August 10, 2019

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Fri 28.6.19
7:30 PM
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Sat 29.6.19
7:30 PM
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Mon 1.7.19
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Wed 3.7.19
7:30 PM
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Thu 4.7.19
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Fri 5.7.19
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 6.7.19
1:00 PM
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This is an audio described performance for those with vision impairments. Audio-described bookings can only be made through Opera Australia by calling the Box Office in Sydney on 02 9318 8200, Melbourne on 03 9685 3700 or by emailing ticketing@opera.org.au

Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Thu 11.7.19
7:30 PM
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Fri 12.7.19
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Sat 13.7.19
1:00 PM
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Tue 16.7.19
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Fri 19.7.19
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Mon 22.7.19
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Thu 25.7.19
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Sat 27.7.19
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Mon 29.7.19
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Wed 31.7.19
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Thu 1.8.19
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Fri 2.8.19
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Sat 3.8.19
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Tue 6.8.19
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Wed 7.8.19
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Sat 10.8.19
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New production

Fluttering beauty,
caught and pinned for his pleasure,
bound, beautiful still.

Constrained, cocooned, caught in a moment of desire, Butterfly is incandescent. In her exotic embrace, Pinkerton finds paradise, then carelessly condemns his bride to purgatory.

Graeme Murphy’s arresting new production of Madama Butterfly is a contemporary look at Puccini’s alluring heroine.

Fragments of film flutter across the stage, creating a dynamic backdrop for Murphy’s vision of Butterfly. He draws on his roots in choreography to capture the grace and gravity of a tale that begins in rapturous love and ends in the cruellest heartbreak.

Puccini’s sublime music imbues this ageless story with impossible beauty, from the irrepressible, famous aria ‘One fine day’ to the intense finale.

Two exceptional casts perform throughout the season. Karah Son returns to Sydney, sharing the role of Cio-Cio-San with Mariana Hong.


Enjoy dinner before the opera at Sydney Opera House

Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland
         Theatre at Sydney Opera HouseAllow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Bandini Prosecco on arrival. View the menu.

Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, simply sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a dinner reservation.

 

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Conductor Massimo Zanetti (until 6 Jul)
  Nicholas Milton (11–25, 29, 31 Jul; 1 Aug)
  Brian Castles-Onion (27 Jul)
  Tahu Matheson (2–10 Aug)
Director Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate

Janet Vernon

Production Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Digital Content Sean Nieuwenhuis
Assistant Director Shane Placentino
   
Cio-Cio-San Karah Son (28 Jun; 3, 5, 11, 13, 27, 29, 31 Jul; 2, 6 Aug)
  Mariana Hong (29 Jun; 1, 4, 6, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25 Jul; 1, 3, 7, 10 Aug)
Pinkerton Andeka Gorrotxategi (28 Jun; 3, 5, 11, 13, 25, 27, 29, 31 Jul; 2, 6 Aug)
  Diego Torre (29 Jun; 1, 4, 6, 12, 16, 19, 22, Jul; 1, 3, 7, 10 Aug)
Suzuki Sian Sharp (28 Jun; 3, 5, 11, 13, 22, 25, 27, 29, 31 Jul; 2, 6 Aug)
  Agnes Sarkis (29 Jun; 1, 4, 6, 12, 16, 19 Jul; 1, 3, 7, 10 Aug)
Sharpless Michael Honeyman (until 13 Jul; from 29 Jul)
  José Carbó (16–27 Jul)
Goro Virgilio Marino
The Bonze Gennadi Dubinsky
Yamadori Christopher Hillier
Kate Pinkerton Jane Ede
Commissioner Alexander Hargreaves
Registrar Gregory Brown

Opera Australia Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus


Please note: this production contains adult themes and may not be suitable for children. If you’d like to talk more about what’s on stage, please call our box office on 02 9318 8200.


Please note: this production may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. 


Running time: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one interval.


Sung in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.


 

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The StoryHide

The American naval captain, Pinkerton, fascinated by the exotic beauty of the geisha Cio-Cio-San, marries her while visiting Japan. Cio-Cio-San, enthralled by his American ways and promise of a modern life in America, falls wholeheartedly in love with the stranger. But Pinkerton already has a foot out the door, looking forward to the day he will marry “a real wife, a wife from America.”

Years pass, and Cio-Cio-San waits faithfully for her husband’s return. Long abandoned by her family, she is alone with her servant Suzuki and a living memento of her American love. She refuses all offers of marriage, singing of her great hope for the day Pinkerton will return. The faithful Suzuki tries in vain to convince her to abandon hope.

But when his ship comes in, Pinkerton is not alone. As dawn breaks, what will become of Butterfly’s great hope?

Act I

Opportunistic marriage-broker Goro offers carefree U.S. Navy Lieutenant Pinkerton a house, a servant, Suzuki and a bride, Butterfly. Despite the misgivings of Pinkerton’s friend, the diplomat Sharpless, a hasty wedding takes place.

The marriage celebrations are disrupted by a priest, Butterfly’s uncle. He has learned that Butterfly has renounced her faith and taken the religion of her new husband. She is rejected by family and friends.

Alone, Butterfly and Pinkerton explore a tender intimacy beyond both their imagining.

Act II

Three years have passed and Butterfly, abandoned by Pinkerton, is emotionally fragile. Still she remains fiercely loyal. She rejects Goro’s persistent offer of a husband, the rich Yamadori. Sharpless, knowing that Pinkerton has married an American woman, urges Butterfly to consider Goro’s proposal. Enraged by Sharpless’ suggestion that Pinkerton may never return, Butterfly reveals her son — the treasure of Pinkerton and Butterfly’s brief union. Butterfly believes this will ensure Pinkerton’s return. Sharpless promises to inform him. Suzuki tells Butterfly that Goro is spreading vile rumours about the child and they attack him. As Goro escapes their wrath a cannon signals Pinkerton’s return.

In deranged joy, Butterfly asks Suzuki to adorn the house with flowers, even though the garden is long dead. Butterfly, Suzuki and the child wait for Pinkerton’s return. Butterfly descends into a fearful dream world. Suzuki urges Butterfly and the child to rest. She meets Pinkerton, Sharpless and a foreign woman and is devastated to learn it is Pinkerton’s wife, Kate. Pinkerton, wretched with remorse is unable to face Butterfly and flees. Butterfly finds Pinkerton absent. She quickly realises that the strange woman is his wife and that she has come to take the child.

Inconsolable and alone, Butterfly takes her own life.

Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Bandini Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.

Sample menu

On arrival

A glass of Bandini Prosecco NV

Pana Libretto
Warm Sonoma bread with whipped butter (gluten free available)

Entrée

Gioco di Verdure
Marinated zucchini, vine tomato, goat’s curd, dried olives, pickled radishes GF, V

or

Inizio di Salmone
Confit salmon, saffron and tomato crisp, fennel, cucumber salad with white balsamic GF, DF

Main Course

Zucca dell’opera buffa
Roasted butternut pumpkin, puy lentils, parmesan, sauce vierge V, GF

or

Pollo del Maestro
Chicken breast, pearl onions, Swiss brown mushrooms, smoky bacon, red wine jus GF, DF

Seasonal greens ($7)

Dessert

Dolce Nota Musicale
Dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate crémeux, orange curd, white chocolate soil


​Published menu is subject to change without notice. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated on request with 48 hours notice; please send us an email after booking.

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