Opera Australia to serenade Gold Coasters at HOTA

Hear the vocal wonders of Opera Australia and a chamber orchestra in a dramatic account of Puccini’s masterpiece – Madama Butterfly – coming to HOTA on July 18 to 20.

Incorporating themes of love and loyalty versus ownership and power, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a man ashore in Japan enchanted by the beauty of the east and a woman in love with the promise of the west, who fall deep in love despite their cultural differences.

CEO of HOTA, Criena Gehrke, said Opera Australia brings this story to life with their outstanding performance that will leave audiences in awe.


“The always brilliant Opera Australia will seduce even the hardest hearts with this incredibly rich and visually stunning love story,” she said.

“This is high definition storytelling at its best – with exquisite colour, music and emotion combined to create an unforgettable live experience.”

Madam Butterfly

PHOTO: Supplied by Madama Butterfly © Jeff Busby

Directed by John Bell, the production – which is sung in Italian – features the famous aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’ and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.

The addition of a children’s chorus filled with Gold Coast singers aged between ten to fourteen years old, will perform in the production of Madama Butterfly, with some of the country’s finest professional opera singers and musicians.

Led by Choir Master and HOTA Choir Musical Director, Anthony Zambolt, twenty local singers have filled the positions of the chorus and will sing two songs in the production when it comes to the Home of the Arts later this month.

The Gold Coast is the second stop in Opera Australia and Opera Queensland’s national tour of this breathtaking production.

Madama Butterfly will take place at HOTA from Thursday 18th July to Saturday 20th July, at 7.30pm.

For more information, visit hota.com.au/theatre/madama-butterfly/.