The critically acclaimed and wildly popular Madama Butterfly returns to the Handa on Sydney Harbour stage.
Under the stars, with fireworks every night as well as pop-up bars and eateries, this is “the most impressive outdoor event in Australia…You don’t need to understand opera to understand what makes the occasion great.” (Concrete Playground).
Take your seats overlooking ‘Paradise’ – complete with a bamboo grove, a giant moon, and a rising sun floating in the harbour. The picture-perfect backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge twinkles with thousands of city lights as night falls.
For innocent Cio-Cio-San, love flutters on wings of desire. For brash Pinkerton, a flight of fancy is irresistible. On their wedding night, passions ignite. Puccini’s intimate ode to unrequited love has always been shocking. East meets West, devotion meets disregard, expectation meets disappointment. In the clash, Cio-Cio-San’s dreams are shatters.
Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour is a “five star world-beating triumph, surely one of the most spectacular outdoor operas ever staged anywhere” - Time Out.
Join us for Sydney’s best night out.
“A Modern Butterfly soars as art and spectacle combine on Sydney Harbour.” - Limelight
Conductor: Brian Castles-Onion
Director: Alex Ollé
Revival Director: Susan Gómez
Set Designer: Alfons Flores
Costume Designer: Lluc Castells
Sound Designer: Tony David Cray
Cio-Cio-San: Karah Son, Eva Kong
Suzuki: Sian Sharp, Agnes Sarkis
Pinkerton: Diego Torre
Sharpless: Michael Honeyman, Luke Gabbedy
Goro: Virgilo Marino, Iian Henderson
Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
What to Watch For
The composer: Giacomo Puccini, Italian, 20th Century, also famous for La Bohème, Tosca and Turandot.
The music: There are numerous Japanese influences in this opera, with the inclusion of both bells and tam-tams often seen in Japanese songs and arrangements.
The big hit: The heartbreaking 'Un bel di vedremo' (One Beautiful Day) is the aria that every soprano dreams of singing.
The setting: Nagasaki, Japan
The history: The opera gathers together Balasco’s play (based on John Luther Long’s short story) and material from Pierre Loti’s novel Madama Chrysanthème to create the full, three-act tale of Cio-Cio-San’s betrayal.
A quirky fact to impress your date: Puccini rewrote it five times — and the fifth and final is the one usually performed around the world.
2hrs 45min (inc interval)
March 24th, 2023
April 23rd, 2023
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Recommended Age: 12yrs+. Please note this is an outdoor event. We recommend that you dress with this in mind and bring warm, weatherproof clothing.
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