What to look forward to in Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour this season

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There are so many reasons you need to meet the Madama herself.

For first-timers, she’s approachable; for singers, she’s versatile and for veterans of Opera Australia’s productions, she’s an emotional rollercoaster that tells a story that never gets old.

This year as part of Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on the Harbour, made up of it’s gigantic flotilla stage literally on the water with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as back drop, the Madama takes to the stage again.

Having recently opened in Sydney for the season, Karah Son and Diego Torre, two of Opera Australia’s favourites, took to the stage to reprise their roles as Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton respectively.

They’re also joined by award-winning Korean Australian soprano Eva Kong. They are also joined on stage by an all-star Australian cast and the Opera Australia Orchestra under the watchful eye of Maestro Brian Castles-Onion who has conducted every opera production since the inaugural season in 2012. 

The set is an icon in itself, too, featuring a nature-come-urban feel you need to see in person.

Highlights to look out for:

  • Hear Karah Son sing the famous Un bel di vedremo aria
  • Hang out with Butterfly in one of most tense scenes of silence and hear the beloved ‘Humming chorus‘ (Choro a bocca chiusa)
  • Witness one of the biggest tragedies of the operatic world

Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly is on until the 23rd of April 2023 get tickets at the Opera Australia website.