Madame Butterfly 2012; David Bazemore Photo
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:30pm
- 'Madame Butterfly' made a grand appearance over the weekend courtesy of Opera Santa Barbara. At its compelling center was the altogether impressive soprano Mihoko Kinoshita. The production was sharply directed by Keturah Stickann, and had an especially subtle lighting scheme by Lucas Benjaminh Krech. Once again, Opera Santa Barbara - in the still-fledgling era of Jose Maria Condemi as artistic director - has delivered, offering up a gleaming impression of why this opera is classic.
– Josef Woodard / Santa Barbara News-Press
- 'Madame Butterfly' received a fine production from Opera Santa Barbara that created a potent brew of extreme pathos. The arias were sung with startling clarity and grace by this outstanding cast; Kinoshita and Sayapin were transcendent. Conductor Sara Jobin brilliantly balanced Puccini's vocal pyrotechnics with his instrumental interludes. In the final scene, Butterfly's self-sacrifice was greeted first with gasps, and then with cheers of 'brava.'
– Charles Donelan / Santa Barbara Independent
- Opera Santa Barbara's season-opening 'Madame Butterfly' brought a burst of passion and color on Sunday. Central to the impact of the production was Mihoko Kinoshita in the leading role of Cio-Cio-San; her singing is dramatic but never loses its lyrical quality as her character gradually comes to realize that her dreams have turned to dust.
– Rita Moran / Ventura County Star
- Opera Santa Barbara's 2012-2013 season arrived with a graceful note with Madame Butterfly. The alluring performance revolved around a single set, atmospherically lit by Lucas Benjamin Krech. Director Keturah Stickann engaging staging was inventive throughout the evening. Kinoshita's "Un bel dì" was sung with caressing depth; the chorus was simply superb as led by chorus master Brent Wilson. Performed to sold-out audiences, the season is off to an inspired start.
– Robert F. Adams / CASA Magazine
- In the pit, Sara Jobin's conducting was clarity itself, charting a seductive and restrained musical course that revealed a score of telling humanity. All the principals were energized and engaging. His young voice in superb form, Sayapin finessed Pinkerton's music with earnest expressivity. In the title role, Kinoshita shaped her character's evolution carefully; as Butterfly gained self-awareness, Ms. Kinoshita's dulcet voice expanded in beauty and power. Special kudos to chorus master Brent Wilson for his attention to detail, which was rewarded handsomely. The OSB orchestra turned in a beautifully suave performance of the score as well. Bravi tutti!
– Daniel Kepl / CASA Magazine
- Perhaps the most opportune time to see the biggest and brightest that Santa Barbara has to offer is at the opening night of an Opera Santa Barbara production. "Butterfly" rang with a cosmopolitan beauty that is Opera Santa Barbara's forte. The aching melodies, glittering oriental cherry trees and dancing lights made even the most elegant of Santa Barbara socialite's jewels look dim in comparison. With the beautiful display, the talented performers and the tragic story, this evening will likely linger with the audience for quite some time.
– Emily Hunt / Daily Nexus
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Cast & Credits
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- Conductor: Sara Jobin
- Stage Director: Keturah Stickann
- Chorus Master: Brent Wilson
- Scenic Design: Wally Coberg*
- Lighting Design: Lucas Benjaminh Krech
- Costume Design: Susan Allred**
- Wig|Makeup Design: Heather Sterling
CastCio-Cio-San: Mihoko Kinoshita
- Lt. Pinkerton: Alexey Sayapin
- Suzuki: Nina Yoshida Nelsen
- Sharpless: Krassen Karagiozov
- Goro: Benjamin Robinson
- Yamadori: John David Boehr
- Bonze: Adam Meza
- Commissioner: Jinyoung Jang
- Kate Pinkerton: Tammy Coil