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Event Details

  • Date:11 Apr 2023

  • Time:07:30pm - 10:15pm (Australia/Melbourne)

  • Location: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney, NSW

Event Description

The critically acclaimed and wildly popular Madama Butterfly returns to the Handa on Sydney Harbour stage.

Under the stars, with fireworks every night as well as pop up bars and eateries, this is “the most impressive outdoor event in Australia. You don’t need to understand opera to understand what makes the occasion great” (Concrete Playground).

Take your seats overlooking ‘Paradise’ – complete with a bamboo grove, a giant moon, and a rising sun floating in the harbour. The picture-perfect backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge twinkles with thousands of city lights as night falls.

For innocent Cio-Cio-San, love flutters on wings of desire. For brash Pinkerton, a flight of fancy is irresistible. On their wedding night, passions ignite. Yet, how ephemeral is their ecstatic embrace?

Puccini’s intimate ode to unrequited love has always been shocking. East meets West, devotion meets disregard, expectation meets disappointment. In the clash, Cio-Cio-San’s dreams shatter.

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour is a “five star world-beating triumph, surely one of the most spectacular outdoor operas ever staged anywhere” (Time Out).

Join us for Sydney’s best night out.


Box Office: 9318 8200

Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking.

Creative team:

  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini.
  • Conductor: Brian Castles-Onion.
  • Director: Alez Ollé.
  • Revival Director: Susana Gómez.
  • Cast includes: Karah Soh, Sian Sharp, Diego Torre, Michael Honeymoon and Virgilio Marino.