Experience the beauty of Butterfly... 


After their critically acclaimed debut production of “Don Giovanni” in 2016 and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2017, Eternity Opera is returning with Puccini’s 1903 masterpiece Madam Butterfly.

“Madam Butterfly” follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the young bride who renounces her religion to embrace all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honor that governs her tragic destiny. With gorgeous period costumes and designs, and featuring much of Puccini’s most lyrical music, including the Humming Chorus, Flower Duet, the stunning aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax.

Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers, this will be directed by Alex Galvin and conducted by Matthew Ross, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra.

By Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), an opera in three acts. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Sung in English.

Director: Alex Galvin. Producers: Emma Beale and Minto Fung. Conductor: Matthew Ross

Performances are:

  • Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 November, 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 November, 7.30pm - alternate cast
  • Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm

Prices (service fees apply):

  • A Reserve - Single $60.00; Concession $50.00
  • B Reserve - Single $50.00; Concession $40.00
  • C Reserve - Single $40.00; No concession rate. 

Group discount of $10 off per ticket, for 8 or more tickets purchased together in one booking to one performance in either A or B Reserve seats.

Concession prices are available to: Senior 65+ years, Student with ID, or Child 12 years and under. 

Performance length: approx. 3 hours 00 minutes (including interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for allocated seating.

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ABOUT Eternity OpeRA

Eternity Opera Company brings opera productions to Wellington audiences that can be enjoyed by everyone – from opera fans to first timers. The company’s aim is to stage productions that are exciting and accessible to everyone. The productions are sung in English and reasonably priced; while keeping the quintessential things that makes opera great: talented singers, a top notch orchestra and beautiful set designs and costumes.

Eternity Opera’s productions also serve to support the many talented singers and musicians in the Wellington region, providing further opportunities to showcase their talent. The company’s first two productions in 2016 and 2017, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, were greeted by great critical and public acclaim. In 2018, the company is expanding to two productions and looks forward to an exciting operatic year ahead.

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About Madame butterfly 

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is a staple of the operatic repertoire around the world. Based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" by John Luther Long, written in 1898, which was based on stories told by his sister and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. Long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as a one-act play named Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan. The play premiered in 1900 in New York, before playing in London, where Puccini attended.

The original version of the opera, in two acts, premiered on 17 February 1904 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and was poorly received, despite such notable singers as soprano Rosina Storchio, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and baritone Giuseppe De Luca in lead roles. This may have been due to inadequate time for rehearsals, caused by Puccini running over schedule. Puccini went on to revise the opera, splitting Act II into two (with the Humming Chorus as a bridge to what became Act III) amongst other changes. Success ensued, starting with the first performance on 28 May 1904 in Brescia.