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Mary-Attracta Connolly

Madama Butterfly – 1993 & 2015  

I’ll never forget a Saturday morning production rehearsal of Andrew Sinclair’s Monet inspired production of Madama Butterfly in 1993 when, with glorious sunlight streaming in through the Edwardian rehearsal studio windows at The Maj, the Ladies of the Chorus were singing the music for Cio-cio-san’s stage entrance.  We had not met Nancy Yuen, singing the role of Cio-cio-san, as yet, and, unbeknownst to us, she had arrived for rehearsal that morning and just at the point where Cio-cio-san sings for her stage entrance Nancy’s voice filled the room and she joined the rehearsal as Cio-cio-san – it was a most memorable introduction to this consummate performer.  To have had the privilege of singing the role of Aunt in the internationally celebrated Anthony Minghella production of Madama Butterfly, presented by West Australian Opera and the Perth International Arts Festival in 2015, alongside its original Cio-cio-san, Mary Plazas, plus Adam Diegel, Jonathan Summers and Maria Zifchak, was a career highlight.