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What you said: audience responses to Madama Butterfly

Sian Pendry as Suzuki and Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San in Opera Australia's 'Madama Butterfly'. Photo by Branco Gaica

Sian Pendry as Suzuki and Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San in Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’. Photo by Branco Gaica

“The production, set design, lighting and of course the cast were all absolutely stunning. I have never felt so emotional at the end of a performance as I did tonight. Thank you so much. This will live a long time in my memory.” – Barbi, London

“The overall experience was amazing, was our first experience of an opera, my son who is a musician home in England said it would be a bit heavy for a first time, but I was very moved and amazed by it…… Even a few tears dammit…” – Paul, Great Tey (UK)

Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San in Opera Australia's 'Madama Butterfly'. Photo by Branco Gaica.

Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San in Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’. Photo by Branco Gaica.

 

“Outstanding performance. Wonderful production. Congratulations Opera Australia. Congratulations to the orchestra. Fantastic.” – Luisa, Fairfield West

“Wonderful. I’m new to opera and simply loved it.” – Fiona, Artarmon

“I loved the stage – the moat, the water, the screens, the timber. The emotion in the air.” – Charito, Mona Vale

“It was an emotional event and incredible experience, my first Opera!” – Michael, Lithgow

Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San and James Egglestone as Pinkerton in Opera Australia's 'Madama Butterfly'. Photo by Branco Gaica

Alexia Voulgaridou as Cio-Cio-San and James Egglestone as Pinkerton in Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’. Photo by Branco Gaica

 

“Simply stunning ! wonderful costumes , great singing, a totaly wonderful production. I went home humming!” – Julie, Pemulway

“Butterfly and Suzuki were superb. Simple but beautiful sets, evocative of Japanese setting.” – Pamela, Sydney

“Although I have seen this production 3 times previously plus on the harbour version I was truly gobsmacked by the sheer intensity of emotion I experienced watching and listening to Alexia’s brilliant portrayal of Butterfly.” – Jenny, Bronte

Jud Arthur as the Bonze in Opera Australia's 'Madama Butterfly'. Photo by Branco Gaica

Jud Arthur as the Bonze in Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’. Photo by Branco Gaica

 

“Excellent production. Beautiful costumes and an astonishing set. Wonderful voice of Alexia Voulgaridou. A great soprano. Excellent. I liked very much the staging and of course the enchanting and intensely moving music of Puccini. There were moments of breathtaking beauty. “Un bel di,vedremo”, one standout in the score. I got chills hearing this stunning and heartbreaking aria and the wonderful music of my favourite opera composer, Puccini.I enjoyed very much the performance.” – Michel, Nantes (France)

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