Ovation Series
Cathedral Series
Discovery Series
Pops Series
Red Hot Weekends
Serenade Brunch

Special Events

Individual Tickets
Student Discounts

Forest City Community Church
Centennial Hall
St. Paul's Cathedral
Best Western Lamplighter Inn


A Fully-Staged Opera Production at London's Grand Theatre
May 30, June 1, 5 & 7, 2008

Opera Sponsors

Production Sponsor: 

Farhi Holdings Corporation

Closing Night Sponsor: 

Judith Hull & Associates

Performance Sponsor: 

Stevens Exhibit Design Group

Canaccord Capital

Performance Sponsor: 

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada

Accommodation Sponsor: 

Best Western Lamplighter Inn

Young Artist Accomodation Sponsor: 

Western Conference Services

Design Sponsor: 

Red Rhino Communications

Education Sponsor: 

London Community Foundation

Puccini's tragic tale of love, hope and loss comes to the Grand Theatre in May 2008.


Tickets are now on sale for Orchestra Londonís Grand Opera. Pucciniís Madama Butterfly takes
flight May 30, June 1, 5 & 7 at the Grand Theatre. This brand new production marks the fourth annual collaboration between Orchestra London and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Premiered at Milanís La Scala opera house in 1904, Pucciniís tale of love, hope and loss quickly became a favourite of opera-lovers worldwide. Today, Madama Butterfly tops Opera Americaís list of the 20 most performed operas in North America.

"Madama Butterfly is a very touching story," comments Maestro Timothy Vernon, artistic director of both Orchestra London and Pacific Opera Victoria. "It is one of Pucciniís most romantic compositions. It really embodies his fantastic ability to create the atmosphere of the story through music."

Madama Butterfly follows the heartbreaking tale of Cio-Cio-San who abandons her religion, her culture and her very sense of self for the love of a young American Naval officer stationed in Japan. When he returns to the States, she awaits his return, believing with steely resolve that she, her husband and their child will be reunited one day.

This collaborative production between POV and Orchestra London takes a unique look at the celebrated classic. "This wonít be the most traditional Butterfly, but it will be a beautiful, poetic production," Vernon says. "There will be no mistaking the place and the situation, but I think it will have a slightly more dreamlike surround."

The leading role of Cio-Cio-San will be played by Canadian soprano Sally Dibblee. "This is her debut in the role of Butterfly," says Orchestra Londonís executive director, Rob Gloor. "Sheís coming into the peak of her career and moving into this new realm of romantic repertoire."

Lieutenant Pinkerton will be played by tenor Kurt Lehmann, with Bruce Kelly as Sharpless and Mia Lennox-Williams as Suzuki. The production marks the return of director FranÁois Racine, who London audiences will remember from Orchestra Londonís 2005 production of Pucciniís Tosca.

This yearís production of Madama Butterfly marks an important milestone for Orchestra Londonís Grand Opera project. The orchestraís board recently agreed to incorporate opera into Orchestra Londonís three year strategic plan, making it a regular part of the annual season. "Iím delighted about the boardís energy in committing to this opera project," Vernon says. "I think it is one of Orchestra Londonís most important contributions to demonstrate the appetite in town for this sort of cultural event."

Creative Team and Cast

Timothy Vernon, Conductor
FranÁois Racine, Director
Elli Bunton, Set and Costume Designer
Gerald King, Lighting Designer

Sally Dibblee, Cio-Cio-San
Kurt Lehmann, Lieutenant Pinkerton
Bruce Kelly, Sharpless
Mia Lennox-Williams, Suzuki
Peter McGillivray, Yamadori
Chad Louwerse, The Bonze
Eric Olsen, Goro
Stacie Carmona, Kate Pinkerton


Friday, May 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.


Click here to view seating map.
AA Seating: $129
A Seating: $99
B Seating: $89
C Seating: $69
D Seating: $49


Home  |  Concerts  |  Education  |  Support the Orchestra  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

©2007 Orchestra London Canada. All rights reserved.