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03 February 2018 - 03 February 2018

Next upcoming date: 7:30 PM - 9:30PM, 3 February 2018

The Classics: Opera
Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Victoria Gardens, Prahran

The City of Stonnington is pleased to once again present The Classics, a three-part series of free Saturday evening concerts throughout February.To kick things off, join us for Opera and see Puccini's tragic love story, Madama Butterfly, come to life on stage. 


Award winning Australian director, Cameron Menzies will bring Puccini’s tragic love story, Madama Butterfly to the stage with an abridged version performed in the round with an accomplished principal cast and beautiful Japanese influenced costumes.

You can look forward to performance by Olivia Cranwell as Cio Cio San, Helpmann Award nominated Dimity Shepherd as Suzuki; and emerging operatic star Michael Petruccelli - Tenor, renowned for his pure, glowing tenor.

It will also feature Conductor: Dr Kathleen McGuire with a live nine-piece orchestra, and Tony Award nominated Sound Designer, Russell Goldsmith. 

A note from the Artistic Director Cameron Menzies

When Madam Butterfly premiered at La Scala in Milan on 17 February 1904 it was hailed as a complete disaster. The audience had spent the night laughing, hissing and whistling before they gave it a stone cold silent response.  Its composer Giacomo Puccini was left devastated. Two years later and some reworking and changing its structure from two acts to three acts, Puccini had a hit that was soon dominating the world’s opera stages. Madama Butterfly tells the story of American US Marine Officer (B.F. Pinkerton) and Japanese Geisha, Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly). Pinkerton and Butterfly fall in love while he is stationed in Japan when he is returned back to America, Butterfly waits loyally for his return to her. On his return to Japan he is accompanied by his American wife, Kate. The scene is now set for the tragedy to play out. 

Our exciting cast is made up of some of Melbourne’s most loved opera singers and we are also very proud to be introducing some exciting new operatic talent. 2018 sees a brand new stage design set to make the gardens come to life and the opera more accessible in way not seen before. Artistic director Cameron Menzies is working closely with collaborators, floral artist Victoria Whitelaw and couture designer Linda Britten to create a stunning visual world to accompany Puccini’s masterpiece: Madama Butterfly. 





The Classics 2018 Program

The Classics 2018

Download the the humming chorus below and sing-along with us

Sing-along Humming Chorus.pdf(PDF, 86KB)

Frequently Asked Questions 

Click here(PDF, 436KB) for The Classics: Opera frequently asked questions

Getting There

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Event Details

Victoria Gardens, 361 - 381 High Street, Prahran VIC

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