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Opera Queensland's Madama Butterfly

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This May, Brisbane audiences will be treated to an exclusive season of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage's acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly.

This exciting international production is exclusive to Brisbane and is proudly presented by Opera Queensland at QPAC's Lyric Theatre for five performances only, from 12th to 19th May 2016.

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly is one of the most performed operas in the world. It is a tale of a Japanese teenager who falls in love with an American naval officer and is shunned by her family for marrying him. Soon after the wedding, her new husband sails back to America, leaving her to give birth to their son and patiently wait – as the seasons come and go – for his return. Although destitute and derided, she is sustained in her vigil by the hope that – one fine day – her husband's ship will appear on the horizon.

This heart-rending tale has echoed through popular culture since its premiere in 1904, including the 1981 blockbuster Fatal Attraction starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly and Broadway favourite Miss Saigon.

OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume said this acclaimed production of Puccini's much celebrated opera would thrill Australian audiences with its simple, striking design and direction.

"The powerfully emotional themes of the opera and the turning of the seasons while Butterfly waits for Pinkerton, are apparent not just through Puccini's music but also by means of beautiful lighting, evocative scenery and costumes, and Michael Grandage's insight. Butterfly's overnight vigil, accompanied by the famous Humming Chorus, is particularly beautiful in this production," Ms Hume said.

"This is the perfect opera for first timers, with its clearly told story, glorious and emotionally charged orchestral passages and profound conclusion. For anyone wanting to discover what opera is all about these performances are a chance to experience one of the greatest works of all time."

This co-production by Houston Grand Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Lyric Opera of Chicago will be distinctly Australian, featuring some of the country's finest artists. Sopranos Hyeseoung Kwon and Emily Burke will sing Cio-Cio-San opposite tenors Bradley Daley and Virgilio Marino as Pinkerton, with internationally acclaimed baritone Jonathan Summers as Sharpless and mezzo-soprano Hayley Sugars in the role of Suzuki, the faithful servant.

The magnificent Queensland Symphony Orchestra and The Opera Queensland Chorus will also perform under the inspired baton of Maestro Johannes Fritzsch.

OperaQ will release 2,500 tickets to Madama Butterfly for just $25*. These tickets will go on sale around four weeks prior to opening night and are sure to be snapped up fast. The release of these tickets will be announced at so like Opera Queensland on Facebook and keep an eye out!.

Tickets are already on sale for the Tuesday Twilight performance on 17th May at 6.30pm where patrons can save around 20% on the price of every ticket in the theatre.

Other performance dates include 12th, 14th, 19th May at 7.30pm and 14th May 1.30pm.

To make a booking, please visit the official QPAC website.

For more information on this upcoming event, please visit Opera Queensland's official website.

*Transaction fees may apply

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When: 12 - 19 May 2016
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Cost: $25 - $175
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