Madame Butterfly (2014)

Antoinette Haloran as Madame ButterflyMadame Butterfly

by Giacomo Puccini

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 Antoinette Halloran, Emily Xiao Wang
Lt Pinkerton Jason Wasley, David Rogers-Smith
Sharpless Roger Howell, James Payne
Suzuki Caroline Vercoe, Angela Hogan
Goro Jacob Caine, Paul Biencourt
The Bonze Steven Gallop
Kate Pinkerton Jodie Debono, Cheryl Darvidis
Yamadori Michael Lampard
Commissioner Steven Marsh
Official Michael Carr

Photos by Robin Halls

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


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