Arts / Singers ‘take action’ to support farmers

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Performers Matthew Reardon, Sharon Zhai, Steven Gallop and Michael Petruccelli present a cheque to the Australian Red Cross. Photo by Helen Musa
OPERA Australia’s national tour of Puccini’s tragic opera “Madame Butterfly” opens at Canberra Theatre Centre tonight, (September 6) but the singers have taken action to help support farmers facing a real-life tragedy.

The company has been, since late July, touring through rural areas of NSW and Victoria and seeing the effects of the drought first-hand, and decided to start collecting donations for the Red Cross at their performances to support the struggling farmers.

Today, ahead of tonight’s opening performance, “Madame Butterfly” performers Matthew Reardon, Sharon Zhai, Steven Gallop and Michael Petruccelli dressed up to present a cheque for $11,000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal, in Nara Peace Park, Lennox Gardens.

John Bell’s production of “Madame Butterfly”, in English, is at Canberra Theatre Centre, September 6-8. Bookings to or 6275 2700.



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