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Opera Australia
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Opera Australia
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Madama Butterfly
Regional Tour
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Opera Australia

Opera Australia

Performances across Australia

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Some forthcoming performances presented by Opera Australia:

Mazda Opera in The Bowl

Opera in The Bowl

It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music from Opera Australia begins.

Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.

Dress up — or not — it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.

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Madama Butterfly - regional tour

Madama Butterfly

Puccini's popular opera Madama Butterfly inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers' first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the aria Un bel dì, vedremo and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.

One of Australia's greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this 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 local communities.

Albany, WA | 24 August | Albany Entertainment Centre
Alice Springs, NT | 6-7 August | Araluen Arts Centre
Broome, WA | 14 August | Performance location to be announced
Bunbury, WA | 22 August | Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Cairns, QLD | 30 July | Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Darwin, NT | 9-10 August | Darwin Entertainment Centre
Frankston, VIC | 13 July | Frankston Arts Centre
Geraldton, WA | 19 August | Queens Park Theatre
Gladstone, QLD | 25 July | Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Gold Coast, QLD | 18-20 July | HOTA, Home of the Arts
Kalgoorlie, WA | 27 August | Goldfields Arts Centre
Karratha, WA | 16 August | Karratha Arts and Community Precinct
Mackay, QLD | 27 July | Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre
Mandurah, WA | 21 August | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Maryborough, QLD | 23 July | Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre
Mount Isa, QLD | 1 August | Mount Isa Civic Centre
Mount Gambier, SA | 31 August | Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Port Pirie, SA | 29 August | Northern Festival Centre
Rockhampton, QLD | 16 July | Pilbeam Theatre
Tennant Creek, NT | 3 August | Tennant Creek Civic Hall

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Madama Butterfly

Graeme Murphy’s arresting new production for Opera Australia of Puccini's Madama Butterfly is a contemporary look at Puccini’s alluring heroine.

Fragments of film flutter across the stage, creating a dynamic backdrop for Murphy’s vision of Butterfly. He draws on his roots in choreography to capture the grace and gravity of a tale that begins in rapturous love and ends in the cruellest heartbreak.

Puccini’s sublime music imbues this ageless story with impossible beauty, from the irrepressible, famous aria One fine day to the intense finale. Two exceptional casts perform throughout the season. Karah Son returns to Sydney, sharing the role of Cio-Cio-San with Mariana Hong.

11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 25th, 27th & 31st July 2019
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th & 10th August 2019

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