Madame Butterfly

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Riverside Theatres presents
Opera Australia

Madame Butterfly

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 18 August 2018
Category Live Event

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.

Performed in English

Date & Time: Saturday 18 August at 7.30pm – Sold Out


Conductor Warwick Stengårds
Director John Bell
Designer Jennie Tate
Designs Realised By Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Choreographer Sachiko Tange
Revival Choreographer Shane Placentino


Cio-Cio-San – Sharon Zhai
Pinkerton – Matthew Reardon
Suzuki – Anna Yun, Kristen Leich
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, Matthew Reardon

Production images by Jeff Busby


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2 hours 25 minutes including interval

Ticket Prices

Members Adult $62
Members Concession $57
30 Club $30
Adult $69
Concession (Australian Pensioner & Senior, Full Time Student) $64
Groups 10 + $64
30 & Under $54

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