Carl St.Clair, conductor
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Cameron Anderson, scenic designer
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Cast and soloists to be announced
PUCCINI: Madame Butterfly
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young naïve Japanese geisha who believes that her love for a handsome American naval officer is eternal. With its lush score and heartbreaking arias, it is a timeless tale that will stir your emotions.
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Lauded by the Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and praised by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight” for which “the result was a seamless, gripping flow,” director Eric Einhorn returns this season to the Florentine Opera to direct Giulio Cesare and Pacific Symphony for Orff’s Carmina Burana, both new productions. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to stage La Cenerentola and for the company’s new productions of Prince Igor and Die Fledermaus as well as for The Nose and Tosca. His future engagements include his debut with Portland Opera as well as his return to the Metropolitan Opera. Last season, he made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago staging Hänsel und Gretel. He also directed a new production of Tosca for Pacific Symphony and returned to the Metropolitan Opera. He received rave reviews for his direction of Gershwin’s Blue Monday with On Site Opera at Harlem’s historic Cotton Club. His recent direction of Dialogues des Carmélites for Austin Lyric Opera was a resounding triumph and was awarded “Best Opera” at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in addition to garnering him a nomination for “Best Director.”
Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Istad, Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale is composed of 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.