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Opera Australia's Madame Butterfly


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?

Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, 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 charms. 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.

One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language 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.


Conductor                                            Warwick Stengards

Director                                                John Bell

Set & Costume Designer                     Jennie Tate

Set & Costumes Realised By              Julie Lynch

Lighting Designer                                 Matt Scott

Choreographer                                     Sachiko Tange


Cast -

Cio-Cio-San                                      Danita Weatherstone / Sharon Zhai

Pinkerton                                          Martin Buckingham

Suzuki                                              Kristen Leich / Anna Yun

Sharpless                                         Andrew Moran

Goro                                                 Michael Petruccelli

Bonze                                              Steven Gallop

Yamadori/Butler                              Shoumendu Schornikow

Kate Pinkerton                                Kristen Leich / Anna Yun

Coro                                                Danita Weatherstone / Sharon Zhai / Martin Buckingham


Performed in English

7:30pm Thursday 9 August 2018

Lazenby Hall

University of New England



Parking Directions:

Drive to UNE and take Clarkes Road

Turn into Ring Road North

Turn into the Northern Carpark and park

Walk through the Shops and Union courtyard to Lazenby Hall

Contact Details:

Kate Thomas

6788 2137 


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