His Majesty’s Theatre 24, 26, 28 February 3, 5, 7 March, 7.30pm 

 

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Australian Exclusive

 

Hailed as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’, Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning Madama Butterfly will be performed in Australia for the first time.

 

Puccini’s tragic love story tells of Butterfly (Cio-Cio San), a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval officer, Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America, leaving Butterfly alone to await her husband’s return. Set to the gloriously romantic melodies of Puccini’s music, this moving story of devotion and betrayal has established Madama Butterfly as one of the worlds’ most performed and beloved operas.

 

This production sees internationally renowned soprano – and Minghella’s original Butterfly – Mary Plazas in the title role, alongside original conductor David Parry. An international cast joins them to perform with the West Australian Opera Chorus and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

 

West Australian Opera Chorus

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

 

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-Performance talks

Annie Patrick will discuss the opera prior to each performance.
7pm Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level His Majesty’s Theatre.
Bookings not required

Read Annie Patrick’s interview with Mary Plazas

 

An English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Lithuanian National Opera production.

In association with West Australian Opera.

Creative Team

Conductor

David Parry

 

Original Director

Anthony Minghella

 

Associate Director / Original Choreographer

Carolyn Choa

 

Revival Director

Sarah Tipple

 

Set Designer

Michael Levine

 

Lighting Designer

Peter Mumford

 

Costume Designer

Han Feng

 

Revival Choreographer

Anita Griffin

 

Puppetry

Blind Summit Theatre

 

CAST

Cio-Cio San

Mary Plazas

 

Pinkerton

Adam Diegel

 

Sharpless

Jonathan Summers

 

Suzuki

Maria Zifchak

 

 

 

 

State Theatre of WA: Heath Ledger Theatre 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 February

 

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New Commission

 

In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits is brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike.

 

This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. The world of The Rabbits invites us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment … the essence of our humanity.

 

The Rabbits brings together an extraordinary Australian creative team. Award-winning vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke leads a cast of singers and musicians, performing her own compositions and Lally Katz’s enchanting libretto, with additional music from Iain Grandage in John Sheedy’s adaptation of a revered classic.

 

A Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Opera Australia co-production.

In Association with West Australian Opera

Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival

 

 

Creative Team

Based on the book written by
John Marsden and
illustrated by Shaun Tan

 

Composed and performed by

Kate Miller-Heidke

 

Libretto by

Lally Katz

 

Adapted and Directed by

John Sheedy

 

Musical direction by

Iain Grandage

 

Designed by

Gabriela Tylesova

 

Costume Designer

Han Feng

 

Lighting Designer

Peter Mumford