NZ Opera

Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini


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Love and honour resonate with thunderous force in Puccini’s tender love story between a Japanese geisha and her naval officer as Japan opened up to the West and the 20th century.

One of the world’s best-loved operas, Puccini’s masterpiece contains many of the most recognisable tunes in opera, including the “Humming Chorus” and “One Fine Day”. This exquisite new production combines beauty with unflinching emotional honesty.

Discover why Cio-Cio San and her Lieutenant Pinkerton are among the world’s ten most-loved operatic couples.

The Cast

This new production stars Australian soprano Antoinette Halloran (who sang Mimi in La Bohème in 2008) in the title role with Italian tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, and English baritone Peter Savidge as the American Consul Sharpless.

The Story

Fifteen-year-old Cio-Cio San (known as Butterfly) is enchanted by her handsome lover, who marries her and then leaves shortly after, returning to his homeland. Butterfly bears his child and faithfully waits for him to come back; but when he does, it is with his new American bride. Even the hard-hearted Pinkerton can’t face telling her that the marriage is over and she’s about to lose her son into the bargain.

Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
and Orchestra Wellington.

Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

A New Zealand Opera production



April 18—28

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

  • Thursday 18
  • Saturday 20
  • Wednesday 24
  • Friday 26
  • Sunday 28
Pre Show Talks

20, 24, 26 April 6.30pm; 28 April 1.30pm
Air New Zealand foyer, Level 5, Aotea Centre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

24 April from 6.30pm

Audio Described Performance

28 April 2.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

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Auckland Dress Rehearsal Attendance (Education)

Tuesday 16 April, 7.30pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
To book your school group, click on Discover More


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Dinner Options - Auckland

Thanks to our restaurant partners and friends, we have some great pre-opera dining options for you.

In Auckland enjoy a superb two course meal and glass of wine at Hotel DeBrett’s award winning Kitchen Restaurant. Pre-Opera dinner packages are available at $45 per person (book now with Hotel DeBrett on 09 969 1545).

Our new friends at Kura Sake Bar have created a special Madame Butterfly cocktail, free to all Butterfly ticket holders with tickets valid for that night's show. Pop in before the show, grab a bite to eat and present your opera ticket for your free 'Cio-Cio's' cocktail.


May 11—18

St James Theatre

  • Saturday 11
  • Tuesday 14
  • Thursday 16
  • Saturday 18
Pre Show Talks

16, 18 May 6.30pm, 14 May 5pm
Hospitality Suite, 1st Floor Gallery, St James Theatre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

14 May from 5pm

Audio Described Performance

14 May, 6pm
St James Theatre, Wellington
Book now through Ticketek, ph (04) 384 3842

Wellington Dress Rehearsal Attendance (Education)

Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm, St James Theatre
To book your school group, click on Discover More


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Dinner Options - Wellington

In our capital city, Wellington, enjoy a fabulous pre-Opera Bistro meal with the ever-wonderful Logan Brown Restaurant for $45.00 per person (book now with Logan Brown on 04 801 5114).


Auckland: Aotea Centre


0800 111 999 or 09 970 9700

Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr.
Mon — Fri. 9am — 5.30pm
Sat & Sun. 10am — 4pm

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Wellington: St James Theatre


0800 842 538 or 04 384 3840

Michael Fowler Centre Box Office
111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Mon to Fri: 9am — 5pm
Sat: 10am — 4pm

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For me, it is the most demanding yet most beautiful soprano role ever created, marrying divine composition with heartbreaking drama.

Antoinette Halloran, Cio-Cio San

Season Subscriptions
Ticket prices.
Seating Categories Single Ticket Price Groups 6—9 Groups 10+ Concession (save 10%)
C—Reserve $49.50 N/A N/A N/A
B—Reserve $74.50 $67.00 $67.00 N/A
A—Reserve $98.50 $88.50 $88.50 N/A
Silver $124.50 $112.00 $112.00 N/A
Gold $148.50 $133.50 $133.50 N/A
Premium $189.50 $170.50 $170.50 N/A
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Antoinette HalloranPiero Pretti Peter SavidgeLucy SchauferJames RodgersRichard GreenBianca AndrewEdward LaurensonKieran Rayner

Antoinette Halloran Cio-Cio San

Piero Pretti Pinkerton

Peter Savidge Sharpless

Lucy Schaufer Suzuki

James Rodgers Goro

Richard Green The Bonze

Bianca Andrew Kate Pinkerton

Edward Laurenson The Imperial Commissioner / The Official Registrar

Kieran Rayner The Imperial Commissioner / The Official Registrar


Tobias RingborgKate CherryChristina SmithTaiaroa RoyalMatt Scott

Tobias Ringborg Conductor

Kate Cherry Director

Christina Smith Set & Costume Designer

Taiaroa Royal Movement Co-ordinator

Matt Scott Lighting Designer

Press Releases
Call for Auditions - Auckland
Call for Auditions - Wellington
New Zealand Opera releases a beautiful Butterfly
Opera star returns as Butterfly