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This show closed on May 28, 2020

About Madama Butterfly

Constrained, cocooned, caught in a moment of desire, Butterfly is irresistible. On tour in Japan, the American sailor Pinkerton cannot wait to bed his Japanese bride. But he’s already dreaming of an American life with an American wife. When his ship departs, he condemns Butterfly to purgatory.

This new production is by Australia’s most famous choreographer, Graeme Murphy. It’s a contemporary look at Puccini’s alluring heroine. He captures the grace and gravity of a tale that begins in rapturous love and ends in cruel heartbreak.

The production features floor-to-ceiling LED panels as a dynamic set. Fragments of film flutter across the stage. Puccini’s sublime music imbues this ageless story with beauty, from the irrepressible aria ‘Un bel dì’ (‘One fine day’) to the intense finale.

Hiromi Omura is the most sought-after Butterfly in the world. She returns in the title role along with Andeka Gorrotxategi as Pinkerton.

Fluttering beauty, caught and pinned for his pleasure, bound, beautiful still.

Run Time

2hrs 30min (incl. 1 interval)

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Warning: this production includes a sudden flash of light and may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Includes mature themes including cultural exploitation, sex and suicide.

The blend of tradition with innovation and technology ushers us into a new era - there is no going back - and frankly who wants to after viewing this Madama Butterfly production.
Gina Fairley, ArtsHub

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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