Madama Butterfly

A man enchanted by the beauty of the East.

A woman in love with the promise of the West.

Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?

Madama Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.

U.S. Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is ashore in Japan, and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charms. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins.

Years later, Pinkerton has returned home. Abandoned by her family, Butterfly waits faithfully for her husband to return. Dawn breaks on a ship in the harbour. What will become of her great hope?

Puccini’s popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers’ first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’ and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.

One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets.

Hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra, along with a children’s chorus, drawn from local communities.

‘As dramatic and full-blooded account of Puccini’s masterpiece as you could wish for’ – The West Australian

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Opera Australia


Children’s Chorus

**Registrations are now closed**

Would you like the chance to take to the stage with Opera Australia as part of their children’s chorus?

Over eight weeks, selected kids will get the opportunity to rehearse two pieces from the Madama Butterfly repertoire before performing on stage with Opera Australia at HOTA from 17-21 Jul.

This is a memorable and unique experience for local children aged 10-14 years to perform with some of the country’s finest professional opera singers and musicians.

Numbers are limited. Auditions will take place on Sat 6 Apr.

Registrations are essential.

This show is part of our Multi-Buy Package


Eats & Drinks before the show?

We highly recommend booking at our Café and our foyer bar is open 60 mins prior to performances.

Looking to make a school booking?

Visit our How Do I Book? page for all information on how to book your school group visit to HOTA.

Education Resources

Education Resource Kit

Makeup Workshop

Get a behind the scenes look at the incredible makeup used in Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly.

In this workshop you’ll learn how the professionals use makeup to bring the colourful characters in the production to life. This is a unique experience to learn some new skills and get insider tips about the creative art form of stage makeup.

Date and Time
Sat 20 Jul, 10am
Ages: 15-21
Cost: Free 60 min workshop.
Location: Theatre 2, HOTA, Home of the Arts
Limited numbers, please register below to take part.

Register here
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