Opera Australia will return to the BREC stage this August as part of their 2019 National Tour. The company will present Puccini’s much-loved opera Madama Butterfly on Thursday August 22nd.

Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, is passionate about bringing opera to new audiences of all ages, backgrounds and locations. “Everyone at Opera Australia is thrilled to be presenting, with our local partners, this wonderful production of Madama Butterfly. We have engaged exceptional singers who will enable audiences to hear this beautiful music sung in the original language, at the highest level. It is a feast for the senses!” he says.


Thanks to Opera Australia’s Regional Children’s Chorus program Bunbury’s SWOClets have been selected to take part in the production. Under the direction of Regional Children’s Chorus Master Mark Connors, the SWOClets will learn the music from Madama Butterfly before joining the professional cast for rehearsals and then on stage for the performance.


  • Madama Butterfly tells the love story of an American naval officer and his soon to be Japanese wife ‘Butterfly’. Spanning over a number of years Madama Butterfly explores themes of tragic love, betrayal, death and a clashing of cultures. John Bell, touted as one of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds directs the production which is performed in Italian with English surtitles.


This popular opera brings together two contrasting worlds through clever set and costume design .The vibrant production is coloured further by Puccini’s magnificent score, including the famous ‘Humming Chorus’ and heart breaking ‘Un bel di Vedremo.’ (‘One Fine Day’). The production tours with a chamber orchestra, and is conducted by Paul Fitzsimon, one of Australia’s leading conductors to emerge in the last decade.


Madama Butterfly plays at BREC Thursday 22nd August at 7.30pm. Those looking for a deal can purchase our ‘Classic19 Package’ which includes a ticket to Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly and Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing playing at BREC 15th August. Tickets are on sale now from bunburyentertainment.com or by calling our Box Office on 1300 661 272.