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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

February 21 — February 26, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

ARTISTS
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Cameron Anderson, scenic designer
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Pacific Symphony

CAST
Yunah Lee, Cio-Cio San
John Pickle, Pinkerton. 

Further cast members to be announced



PUCCINI: Madame Butterfly


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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

Guest Artist

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.” 

Yunah Lee

Guest Artist

Yunah Lee

Lyric Soprano Yunah Lee is thrilling audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia with her “handsomely colored full lyric sound” (Opera News) and “picture perfect” acting (Berkshire Fine Arts). “Lee deservedly earned the most vociferous ovation of the [Glimmerglass] festival as the audience leapt to their feet as one to roar their approval at her curtain call” (Opera Today). "[Director Francesca Zambello's] ability to get the voices she wanted is abundantly clear, especially with Korean-born lyric soprano Yunah Lee in the title role" (Syracuse New Times). "Lee is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role. It’s hard to imagine a more nuanced, yet powerful delivery of this music..." (The Salt Lake Tribune)

John Pickle

Guest Artist

John Pickle

Tenor John Pickle quickly has established himself as a strong tenor, most recently for his portrayals of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, a role he débuted with Los Angeles Opera. Of a performance as the jilted hunter with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Kansas City Star raved, “Pickle’s emotionally wrought characterization drove this [performance] even harder home than usual.” In recent seasons, Mr. Pickle also enjoyed performances as Erik with Mobile Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. This season, Pickle reprises the role of Erik in The Flying Dutchman with Baltimore Concert Opera, and sings Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Louisiane. He also performs as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Dayton Opera.

John Pickle

Guest Artist

John Pickle

Tenor John Pickle quickly has established himself as a strong tenor, most recently for his portrayals of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, a role he débuted with Los Angeles Opera. Of a performance as the jilted hunter with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Kansas City Star raved, “Pickle’s emotionally wrought characterization drove this [performance] even harder home than usual.” In recent seasons, Mr. Pickle also enjoyed performances as Erik with Mobile Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. This season, Pickle reprises the role of Erik in The Flying Dutchman with Baltimore Concert Opera, and sings Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Louisiane. He also performs as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Dayton Opera.