Madam Butterfly


Madam Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

His Majesty’s Theatre | 7.30pm | October 23, 25, 27, 30, November 1, 3

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Some of the most memorable moments in opera are to be found in this piece.

Butterfly is a grand tragic heroine. She begins her relationship with Pinkerton in child-like innocence.

This opera is a story of tragic faithfulness against a clash of cultures. A fragile girl is wronged by a man who does not comprehend the consequences of his philandering until it’s too late.

This is the ultimate “dramma per musica”, each note in this superbly lyrical score contributes to the development of storytelling and character.

From the instantly recognisable hopefulness of “Un bel di” to the anticipation of the famous “humming chorus”, the music pours forth its glorious invention unceasingly.

West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty's Theatre. Each talk will commence at 7pm and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.

Courtesy of our Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, opera synopses will be available free in the foyer at the theatre and will also be available to download here prior to the season.

To download the Madam Butterfly Wesfarmers Arts Synopsis click here

Ms Kaduce’s performances were supported by The Embassy of the UnitedStates of America.
Creative Team

Joseph Colaneri

Andrew Sinclair

Assistant Director
Margrete Helgeby

Kenneth Rowell

Design Associate
Victoria Rowell

Lighting Designer
Donn Byrnes


Kelly Kaduce

Angus Wood


James Clayton

Fiona Campbell

Kate Pinkerton
Bernadette Lucarnus

Matthew Lester

Imperial Commissioner
Robert Hofmann

David Costello

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