Madama Butterfly (2010)

Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924),
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the play by David Belasco

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conducted by Joseph Marcheso
Stage Director: Brian Staufenbiel
Set Design by Matthew Antaky

Evening: July 10, 13, 16; 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: July 18; 2:00 p.m.

All performances at
the Lesher Center for the Arts,
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Cast (in order of vocal appearance) :

Lt. Pinkerton: Christopher Bengochea*
Goro: Andrew Whitfield*
Suzuki: Nicole Takesono*
Sharpless: Philip Skinner
Cio-Cio San: Teresa Eickel*
The Bonze: John Bischoff
Prince Yamadori: Kurt Krikorian
Sorrow: McKenna Ikue Whyte-Shearer*
Kate Pinkerton: Elizabeth O'Neill*

* Festival Opera debut

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Lt. Pinkerton (Christopher Bengochea) is charmed by his new Japanese wife, Cio-Cio San (Teresa Eickel)
Photo by Robert Shomler
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Cio-Cio San tells Suzuki (Nicole Takesono) she is confident of her husband's return "one fine day"
Photo by Robert Shomler
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Sharpless, the American consul (Philip Skinner), shares a letter from Pinkerton
Photo by Robert Shomler
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Suzuki, Sorrow (McKenna Ikue Whte-Shearer) and Cio-Cio San await Pinkerton's return when his ship is sighted in the harbor.
Photo by Robert Shomler