Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute are Reimagined for VR

REWIND, the British studio that helped create the recent Ghost in the Shell virtual reality (VR) experience, has announced a new experience coming to UK audiences this summer. Commissioned by the Welsh National Opera (WNO), the creative studio has built a brand new VR installation to launch in Cardiff this July called Magic Butterfly.

Re-imagining operas Madam Butterfly and the Magic FluteMagic Butterfly combines motion capture, animation, music and technology to create a new artistic expression of classical opera, with audiences donning Google Daydream headsets to interact and engage with these virtual worlds.


The Madam Butterfly portion features an original WNO recording of Un bel di (One Fine Day) with soprano Karah Son, while the Magic Flute segment allows viewers to experience lion taming to a recording of ‘How soft, how strong your magic sound’ from the opera.

“More than anything I want the audience to be able to get lost in the worlds that have been created for them. To feel completely immersed in what they are seeing and hearing. For Madam Butterfly to experience the beauty and power of Karah’s performance which we’ve become hypnotised by during the production process. For Magic Flute I hope the audience will feel a sense of fun and wonder, that they feel transported to a magical forest surrounded by the animals they have tamed.” said Greg Furber, VR Director at REWIND.

Magic Butterfly will open outside Wales Millennium Centre on 14th July for free, running for four weeks before touring to Llandudno, Birmingham and Liverpool during WNO’s Autumn season.

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Magic Butterfly schedule:

  • 14 July-11 August 2017 – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • 15-17 September 2017 – LLAWN, Llandudno Parade
  • 23 September-14 October 2017 – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • 30 October-5 November 2017 – Central location, Birmingham
  • 9-12 November 2017 – Albert Docks, Liverpool
  • 19-21 January 2018 – V&A Museum, London