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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|
Photos by Robin Halls
Te Ua Houkamau