Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Co-Opera is Australia’s longest serving and busiest touring opera company.  It has been presenting ‘a good night out’ which is affordable and accessible while providing professional development and employment for artists, for over 20 years. 

In 2014 the company will tour its greatly loved and highly acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly to NSW, Victoria and SA.

There is much to be praised in Co-Opera’s production of Madam Butterfly: the singing, the set design and, not least, that they are taking their show to small communities…The audience virtually brought the house down.        

The Australian                                                                                                                       

Sung in the original Italian and with surtitles, this production is a visual and theatrical feast, fusing the joy, beauty and sorrow of Puccini’s masterpiece with the elegance and sophistication of Japanese Kabuki Theatre. The innovative direction uses masks, puppets, exotic costumes and stylised gesture to transport the audience into Butterfly’s world.

The role of Cio Cio San (Butterfly) will be shared by the gifted Puccini specialist Annamaria Beni and rising star Grace Bawden. 

Annamaria Beni studied in Australia and after becoming one of the few singers to win Sydney’s McDonald’s aria and Melbourne’s Herald Sun Aria, went on to study in London and Italy. Since returning to Australia from her work abroad she has been a frequent performer appearing on ABC radio and television.

Grace Bawden created great media and industry interest following her appearances as a 15 year old on the television program Australia’s Got Talent.  She will now make her much anticipated operatic debut in this production.

Madama Butterfly is already a proven hit with audiences however this season promises even more, with the special opportunity to experience these gifted sopranos as they are supported by some of Australia’s most talented emerging artists and established opera singers. 

Performance Dates:


Saturday 29 March                 Dubbo Regional Theatre

Sunday 30 March                    Forbes (Victoria Park)

Wednesday 2 April                 Walcha (Multi-purpose Hall)

Friday 4 April                         Coffs Harbour (Sawtell RSL Club)

Saturday 5 April                     Casino (Civic Hall)

Tuesday 8 April                      Merimbula (Wolumla Hall)



Saturday 12 April                   Anlaby Homestead 175 year anniversary Black Tie Gala performance

         Saturday 10 May                    Roxby Downs

         Friday 16 May                        Adelaide

Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground

        Saturday 17 May                    Adelaide

           Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground

        Thursday 22 May                   Penola Festival (Rymill Hall)



        Friday 23 May                       Casterton (Town Hall)

       Monday 26 May                     Melbourne (Athenaeum Club)

       Tuesday 27 May                    Melbourne (Athenaeum Club)


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Co-Opera is a professional touring opera company with a 20 year history of performing in regional and urban Australia.


  • presents around 70 public performances throughout Australia each year
  • is continuing to develop its international performance profile in SE Asia and Europe.  A highly successful tour in 2009 has led to another Asian and European tour in May 2012 and and a tour of Malaysia in 2013
  • was awarded the Arts & Entertainment 2009 Business SA Export Award in recognition of its successful tour to Europe in 2009
  • reaches 18,000 to 20,000 patrons annually
  • performs in unusual venues or traditional theatres
  • performs in English and/or original language 
  • presents performances with chamber orchestra, string quartet or piano-only accompaniment according to financial and stylistic character of the performance 
  • offers performances of traditional repertoire modified for schools’ performances
  • presents workshops and master classes for educational groups
  • presents entertainments of opera, musical comedy and music theatre for business corporations

Brian Chatterton
M: 0409695952


Opera, Madama Butterfly, Music, Stage, Theatre, Soprano, Tenor




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