Before there was Miss Saigon, there was Madama Butterfly.

It’s a love story as old as time. Enchanted by the beauty of the east, the American sailor Pinkerton takes a young geisha for his wife. The innocent Butterfly falls helplessly, hopelessly in love.

But every ship must return to its shore, and Pinkerton returns home, leaving Butterfly behind.

Music of impossible beauty traces this story from the lover’s first, rapturous embrace to the intense, powerful finale.

Experience the stunning elegance of this legendary production. Sensuous silken gowns flutter across wooden platforms. Flame dances on water. Cherry blossoms fall from the sky as we wait, with bated breath, alongside the faithful Butterfly.

Duration: Two hours & forty-five minutes including one interval. 

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

  • "A beautiful and moving experience"

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • "A night to remember"

    The Australian

  • "Madama Butterfly truly is an unforgettable experience for opera first-timers and aficionados alike"

    The Plus Ones

Creatives


Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Original Director Moffatt Oxenbould
Set & Costume Designers Peter England | Russell Cohen
Lighting Designer Robert Bryan

Cast


Cio-Cio-San Karah Son | Hyeseoung Kwon
Pinkerton Diego Torre | Andeka Gorrotxategi
Suzuki Sian Pendry | Agnes Sarkis
Sharpless Barry Ryan
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
The Bonze Gennadi Dubinsky

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Last-minute preparations like a boss! Martin Buckingham is getting ready to become Pinkerton on stage. #oaontour #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly ?? @danlopezimages

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Our cellist Steph warming up for tonight's performance at @civictheatrenewcastle. #oaontour #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly ?? @danlopezimages

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A love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. Tonight our touring company will perform at @civictheatrenewcastle (NSW). #oaontour #opera #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly

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The team of Madame Butterfly keeps touring across NSW. This week, our violinist Daniel Lopez will share his very personal behind the scenes moments from the tour. #oaontour #operaaustralia #opera ??@danlopezimages

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Our touring company continues their trip across New South Wales. Tonight's performance of Madame Butterfly will be in @glasshousepmq in Port Macquarie. #oaontour #opera #operaaustralia

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Last-minute preparations like a boss! Martin Buckingham is getting ready to become Pinkerton on stage. #oaontour #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly ?? @danlopezimages

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Our cellist Steph warming up for tonight's performance at @civictheatrenewcastle. #oaontour #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly ?? @danlopezimages

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A love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. Tonight our touring company will perform at @civictheatrenewcastle (NSW). #oaontour #opera #operaaustralia #madamebutterfly

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The team of Madame Butterfly keeps touring across NSW. This week, our violinist Daniel Lopez will share his very personal behind the scenes moments from the tour. #oaontour #operaaustralia #opera ??@danlopezimages

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Our touring company continues their trip across New South Wales. Tonight's performance of Madame Butterfly will be in @glasshousepmq in Port Macquarie. #oaontour #opera #operaaustralia

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