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102 Star Starred
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Leave time for parking as you may have to find a spot in the surrounding neighborhood.
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Mike's Cafe Etc is a good pre-show dining spot - tasty food, nice atmosphere, quick service. Or pick up a burrito at Sancho's.
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4.8 average rating
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32 reviews
5 stars
attended May 31 2009

Outstanding performance on Sunday afternoon; absolutely riveting. This is without question one of the finest small opera houses in the United States. The set, lighting, acoustics, and orchestra were all first-rate. Frankly, this was a better...continued

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended May 24 2009

An excellent production of Madama Butterfly with fantastic singing. All three of us were very impressed and enjoyed the performance very much.

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended May 24 2009

It was my first time attending the West Bay Opera. The performance and stage was top rate. I took my 18 yr. old daughter and we both enjoyed it very much. I would attend again.

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In the 1890s, as Japan opens up to the Western world, an American naval officer marries a 15-year old Japanese girl on the hills overlooking Nagasaki. In her devotion to her husband, she converts to Christianity and is ostracized by her own family at the wedding. After a blissful time, he leaves her. Three years later, he returns, full of remorse, with an American wife. Heartbroken, Butterfly entrusts her 3-year old son to the American woman, and kills herself. An enduring masterpiece from the master of the verismo style, based on a true story, Madama Butterfly is presented in an all-new WBO production.

About the Ticket Supplier: West Bay Opera

Performing both the familiar and the adventurous, West Bay Opera seeks to please and challenge singers and audiences with three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers. Some of West Bay Opera’s greatest successes result from undertaking formidable artistic challenges. Past accomplishments include Bellini’s rarely-performed Norma, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the original Russian, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The principal consideration is always to give talented young opera singers an opportunity to perform challenging roles and, in turn, to give audiences the pleasure of hearing these singers on their way to fame.