The magical Madama Butterfly returns to Sydney Harbour in 2023

HOSH23-Madama-ButterflyOpera Australia is pleased to announce its stunning Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Madama Butterfly, which premiered to great acclaim in 2014, will return to the iconic overwater stage at Mrs Macquaries Point in 2023.

Visitors to Sydney in March and April next year will have the opportunity to attend this unmissable highlight of Australia’s cultural calendar that showcases the best of Sydney, with iconic Harbour views, world-class performances and nightly fireworks.

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM is thrilled to be bringing this striking production back to Sydney Harbour.

“This production of Madama Butterfly by Spanish Director Alex Ollè is one of the most beautiful operas we’ve performed on the Harbour, so we’re thrilled to be giving people another opportunity to see it in 2023.”

More than 500,000 people from across the globe have attended Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour since its inaugural season in 2012. Attendance at the 2014 premiere season of Madama Butterfly exceeded 42,500, breaking all the previous box office sales.

Recognised as one of the world’s most-loved operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly features beautiful melodies, including Un bel dì vedremo (One Beautiful Day) and The Humming Chorus, and is based on the same heartbreaking tale as the hit musical Miss Saigon.

“Presented as it is, in the breathtakingly beautiful setting on Sydney Harbour in Autumn, Madama Butterfly provides an operatic experience unequalled anywhere else in the world.” – Australian Arts Review

Conductor: Brian Castles-Onion AM | Director: Alex Ollé | Featuring: Karah Son, Eva Kong, Sian Sharp, Agnes Sarkis, Diego Torre, Michael Honeyman, Luke Gabbedy, Virgilio Marino, Opera Australia Chorus, Opera Australia Orchestra | Revival Director: Susana Gómez | Set Designer: Alfons Flores | Costume Designer: Lluc Castells | Based on Original Lighting Design: Alexander Koppelmann | Sound Designer: Tony David Cray

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour
Fleet Steps – Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney
Season: 24 March – 23 April 2023
Information and Bookings: (tickets on sale Tuesday 16 August)

Image: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Madama Butterfly – courtesy of Opera Australia