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


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



Blind Summit Theatre



Cio-Cio San

Mary Plazas



Adam Diegel



Jonathan Summers



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


Lighting Designer

Trent Suidgeest