3 – 7 May 2023

Victoria Theatre

Wild Rice and Victorian Opera proudly present The Butterfly Lovers like you have never seen it before. Fresh from its critically acclaimed world premiere in Australia, this thrilling international collaboration marks the first time this classic Chinese folktale takes flight as an original English-language opera.

Trapped by the constraints of a rigidly patriarchal society, Zhu Yingtai boldly disguises herself as a man to pursue higher education. At school, she meets the bookish Liang Shanbo, and the proverbial sparks fly. What begins as a friendship between equals soon deepens into love between soulmates. But tragedy beckons when Yingtai is called home to be married to a wealthy suitor.

Inspiring and bittersweet in equal measure, the star-crossed love between Yingtai and Shanbo transcends barriers like family, societal expectations, and – in this new incarnation – gender and sexuality.

Conceived and directed with visionary flair by Ivan Heng, The Butterfly Lovers features a sensational new score by Richard Mills, one of Australia’s most distinguished composers, and a soul-stirring libretto by Joel Tan, one of Singapore’s most exciting young playwrights. Created in collaboration with a team of Singapore’s top theatre-makers and an international cast led by soprano Cathy-Di Zhang, countertenor Austin Haynes and baritone Haotian Qi, The Butterfly Lovers reaches across borders and cultures to bring this epic love story to exhilarating new heights.


Wild Rice and Victorian Opera’s groundbreaking new production of The Butterfly Lovers made its world premiere at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia, in October 2022. The core creative team and lead cast members will reunite in Singapore for the production’s Asian premiere at the Victoria Theatre in May 2023. Our orchestra in Singapore will feature some of the country’s finest musicians from Resound Collective.

Duration: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (without intermission)
IMDA Advisory (Some Mature Content)

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Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat, 7:30pm / Sun, 5:00pm
$50, $70, $90, $120

Tickets are currently sold out. Please check SISTIC for any returns!


Early Bird: 15% off on Category 1 & 2 tickets (from 19 December 2022 to 18 January 2023)

Get closer to the drama in this insightful post-show discussion with the cast and creative team after the show!

4 MAY 2023

If you would like to attend the talkback, we highly recommend booking tickets for the accompanying performance as the dialogue will include spoilers for the show.

Cathy-Di Zhang as Zhu Yingtai
Austin Haynes as Liang Shanbo
Haotian Qi as Zhu/Master
Michael Dimovski as Ma Wencai
Adrian Poon as Divinity
Zachary Dominguez as Divinity
Cindy Honanta as Divinity
Zoe Hong Yee Huay as Divinity
Alice Cahya Putri as Divinity
David Tao Chen Ming as Divinity/Fortune Teller
Jonathan Charles Tay as Divinity/Messenger
Teng Xiang Ting as Divinity


Dizi Dr. Ng Hsien Han
Pipa Yan Yu
Violin Kim Kyu Ri
Violin Lim Hao Wei
Martin Peh
Cello Lin Juan
Bass Julian Li
Clarinet Desmond Chow
Clarinet Ralph Lim
 Sarah Wong
Percussion Michael Tan
Keyboard/Celeste Phoebe Briggs
Piano/Celeste Shane Thio

Director & Set Designer Ivan Heng
Composer Richard Mills
Librettist Joel Tan
Multimedia & Set Designer Brian Gothong Tan
Costume Designer Max Tan
Assistant Costume Designer Wong Wai Toh
Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean
Chorus Master Adrian Poon
Sound Designer Joel Manuel Fernandez
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Bobbie Ng
Movement Coach Gordon Choy
Répétiteurs Phoebe Briggs & Shane Thio