Madama Butterfly - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Friday, 21 March, 2014

What is opera to you? The rush of adrenalin as a soprano or tenor's voice soars, the hum of the chorus, the larger-than-life costumes and scenery, the moving stories, or just the whole sense of occasion? Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is all this, and more, so come down to the water's edge and let the story begin.

We're on a naval base somewhere on the Pacific rim. A young officer acquires a bride to keep him company during his tour of duty. It's clearly a financial transaction rather than a love match but on their wedding night the stars come out, their eyes meet and magic happens.

They dare you to hear Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton's exquisite love duet and remain unmoved, especially when it takes place against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The stars will be there, for real. Magic too?

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