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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
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
University of New England
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
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