Madame Butterfly

Melbourne Opera's acclaimed production of Madame Butterfly, perhaps the most beloved of all operas, returned for a brief March season at the Athenaeum Theatre followed by Alexander Theatre, Monash University in May.


An outstanding cast has been handpicked for this season led by international sopranos Antoinette Halloran and Emily Wang, Jason Wasley, David Rogers-Smith, Roger Howell and James Payne reprising their outstanding performances as Pinkerton and Sharpless.


The well known story includes much of Puccini's most famous music as the tragic tale of the ruthless exploitation of the innocent Madame Butterfly unfolds.


Madame Butterfly is the ideal introduction to opera and the intimacy of the beautifully refurbished Athenaeum Theatre will allow the impact of the story to make its full effect.


Puccini`s moving melodies feature the full Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Greg Hocking and sung in English


"A moving and beautiful production" The Age


Cio Cio San



Lt Pinkerton












The Bonze


Kate Pinkerton







Antoinette Halloran, Emily Xiao Wang


Jason Wasley,

David Rogers-Smith


Roger Howell,

James Payne


Caroline Vercoe, Angela Hogan


 Jacob Caine,

Paul Biencourt


Steven Gallop


Jodie Debono,

Cheryl Darvidis


Michael Lampard


Steven Marsh


Michael Carr


James Ash

Jessica Bull

Ariel Chou

Giuliana D'Appio

Tim Daly

Bridget Davies

Brigitte Garofalo

​Sue Halls

Te Ua Houkamau

Maree Macmillan

Eloise Kerr

Cleo Lee-McGowan

Debra O'Connor



Alexandra Oke

Ed Perin

Andrew Pennycuirk

Anna Peterson

David Phillips

Sue Robertson

Cameron Sibly

Robert van Kuelen

Nick Webb

Megan Whiteside

Cecily Woodberry

David Woodberry