An Opera Australia Production

Madame Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

A love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.

22 Aug – 23 Aug

It is one of the theatre’s greatest love stories. 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 lovers' first, rapturous
embrace to the intense, powerful finale.

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 the local community.

Recommended for ages 8+. Use of a replica firearm.

"As dramatic and full-blooded account of Puccini's masterpiece as you could wish for" - The West Australian

Photo by Georges Antoni

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Warwick Stengards

John Bell

Set & Costume Designer
Jennie Tate

Set & Costumes realised by
Julie Lynch

Lighting Designer
Matt Scott

Sachiko Tange

Danita Weatherstone
Sharon Zhai
Martin Buckingham
James Egglestone
Kristen Leich
Anna Yun
Andrew Moran
Michael Petruccelli
Steven Gallop
Shoumendu Schorniko


Premium: $84
Adult: $72
Pens/Group 8+: $67
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed, 22 Aug, 7.30pm
Thu, 23 Aug, 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins (incl interval)

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