November 11, 13, 14, 15, 17th, 2010.
December 3rd, 2010.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
2hr 30m, with one twenty minute interval.
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Greg Hocking & Rick Prakhoff
Director: Caroline Stacey
Starring: David Rogers-Smith, Lee Abrahmsen, Jodie Debono, Kerry Gill.
Madama Butterfly was a runaway success at Her Majesty’s in March 2004! Butterfly reminded Melbourne that Her Majesty’s is a remarkable place to watch opera. It had been 35 years since the last opera had been performed at the Maj and the critics raved about the venue as well as Melbourne Opera’s stunning production.
From the play by David Belasco and the story by John Luther Long, Madama Butterfly was presented in a traditional Japanese period production, using the original 1904 (Milan) score and sung in English.