Madama Butterfly : an opera in two acts is the next program in the Arts on Film series, to be screened this Wednesday August 1 in Arts.

ABC/Opera Australia, c2006

With music by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly features Cheryl Barker, Graeme McFarlane and soloists of Opera Australia.  With the Opera Australia Chorus and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers.  Directed by Moffat Oxenbould.  This performance was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House on August 6, 1997, and is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Madama Butterfly will soon be performed again at the Arts Centre, as part of Opera Australia’s 2012 Spring season.  A ballet version based on the opera was recently performed by The Australian Ballet as part of its 2011 season.   Ken Russell also directed a more controversial production of the opera in Melbourne for the Spoleto Festival in 1986.

Scene from 'Madama Butterfly'. Opera Australia, c2006

Madama Butterfly commences at 12.00 noon and concludes at 2.10 pm (approx). It will be held in the Arts Listening-Viewing Room. Enter via the Arts Reading Room and Audio-visual Centre (from Trescowthick Information Centre). Admission is free. No bookings required, but come early as seating is limited. Enjoy!

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