A man enchanted by the beauty of the East. A woman in love with the promise of the West. Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?
Directed by John Bell, one of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, Madama Butterfly will be performed in its original language Italian with English surtitles. Complete with beautiful costumes and sets you’ll hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra, along with a children’s chorus, drawn from the South West region.
Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans and across time. U.S Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is ashore in Japan and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charm. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins.
Years later, Pinkerton has returned home. Abandoned by her family, Butterfly waits faithfully for her husband to return. Dawn breaks on a ship in the harbour. What will become of her great hope?
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 famous aria ‘One Fine Day’ and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.
Cast & Team
Director Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Production Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costumer Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Digital Content Sean Nieuwenhuis
Assistant Director Shane Placentino
An educational kit will be provided including classroom ready activities to help prepare students for the show.
Date To be confirmed
Duration To be confirmed
Cost Free with a school booking (subject to availability)
Interested in a workshop for your students on orchestral performance, opera singing or production/technical careers? Opera Australia are happy to tailor a workshop to your requirements, so if you would like something specific or different feel free to ask. The limitations will be around time and availability of Opera Australia personnel, depending on their travel and publicity schedule.
Workshop Bookings Please express your interest in the workshops as early as possible. Contact BREC’s Education Team on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9792 31111.