Enjoy Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly in a Queensland Town Near You

Enjoy Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly in a Queensland Town Near You

Thousands of Queenslanders will have the chance to experience one of the world’s favourite operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in their home towns next month, when a performance by Opera Australia is simulcast live to nine Queensland centres from the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

The live simulcast will be screened free on Thursday 29 November to audiences in Ayr, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Maryborough, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and Townsville.

Opera lovers in Brisbane and surrounds can attend  Puccini’s tragic romance via live simulcast at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC’s) Melbourne St Green in Brisbane on Thursday 29 November from 6.00pm. 

With scenes of falling cherry blossoms and reflecting koi pools, this stunning production features renowned Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura in her debut with Opera Australia.

The free live simulcast is funded by the Federal Government, who with the Queensland Government have also supported the regional and Brisbane simulcasts of two orchestra performances live from QPAC over the past 12 months. 

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said reaching out to audiences across Queensland and making the arts more accessible to more people are key objectives for the Centre.

“In 2011, QPAC partnered for the first time with six regional centres, installing satellite infrastructure and delivering a free performance by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra via live simulcast into these centres. We also presented an inaugural free live simulcast outside of QPAC, where people could experience the orchestra on a big screen as it played live in the Concert Hall. 

“Then in August this year, we were pleased to give audiences beyond Brisbane the opportunity to be a part of our exclusive Hamburg Season, presenting a live simulcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection in six regional centres, including Bundaberg and Toowoomba, whose residents had the chance to experience a live simulcast performance from QPAC for the first time.

“Arts and culture are key forces in regional communities, contributing to their vitality and economic wellbeing as well as creating important opportunities for building social networks.  Queensland is a very large and decentralised state, QPAC is committed to finding ways to connect in a meaningful way with regional audiences and our live simulcast program is one of them,” Mr Kotzas said. 

Audiences in Ayr and Maryborough will have the chance to experience a live simulcast for the first time as QPAC has partnered with the Burdekin Cultural Complex and the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre to install satellite dishes in these venues.

Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said that Opera Australia is widening its reach out to audiences through many new initiatives this year.

“The live simulcast of Madama Butterfly will enable audiences through metropolitan and regional Queensland to be part of the virtual audience of this beautiful show, and to see the wonderful Japanese soprano, Hiromi Omura, in the title role. It's a special treat for all of us, to be able to share the magic of Madama Butterfly with people from across the state of Queensland and we are grateful to the Federal Government for their support in making this possible,” said Terracini.

“This breathtakingly beautiful and exotic production should not be missed and I urge music lovers in these centres not to miss this great opportunity,” he said.

Opera Australia and QPAC present

Madama Butterfly Live Simulcast

Date:  Thursday 29 November 2012

Time:  Live coverage from 6.00pm

Performance:  From 6.30pm

Brisbane: Melbourne Street Green, QPAC

Tickets: Free. Bookings Essential 

To book go to: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246

Regional Centres:

Burdekin Cultural Complex (Ayr)       

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (Bundaberg)

Gladstone Entertainment Centre Marquee at Marina Plaza (Gladstone)

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (Mackay)

Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre (Maryborough)         

Pilbeam Theatre (Rockhampton)       

Empire Church Theatre (Toowoomba)          

Townsville Civic Theatre (Townsville)

For bookings please contact individual centres. Details are on qpac.com.au