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Arts Centre Melbourne, The State Theatre

4 – 30 May

Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.

For what is likely to be the last time in Melbourne, Moffatt Oxenbould’s stunning production of Madama Butterfly takes to the stage with the distinction of being Opera Australia’s most successful show ever.

American naval captain Pinkerton has come to Japan and finds himself enchanted with a local girl, Cio-Cio-San whom he nicknames Butterfly. The two marry but Pinkerton must return to the States, leaving a hopeful Butterfly awaiting a reunion. When Pinkerton does return, he does not come alone and finds Butterfly also has news to share.

With its stunning costuming and set, combining flame, water, silk and wood, it’s easy to see why Madama Butterfly is the most performed production in Opera Australia’s history. Featuring some of the best known arias in opera, Madama Butterfly is an incredible experience for those new to opera and connoisseurs alike.