Madame Butterfly

Mildura Arts Centre and Opera Australia present


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

Concession price applies to Aged, Disability and Veterans cardholders.

Tuesday 31 July 2018
Location: Mildura Arts Centre
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 145 minutes
Tickets: Full $60, Concession $55, Students $30
Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura Arts Centre

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