Sunday May 31, 2009 / 2:00pmMadama Butterfly
Orchestra Rear Seating
How was your experience?
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 performance than I saw in Los Angeles last year, produced by Robert Wilson (dreadful and soulless). Sara Jobin is a fabulous conductor, and her orchestra was tight and focused; I don't recall that they were off anywhere along the performance, their attention to the feeling of the score was so perfect, I completely lost myself in Puccini's lovely score. Kenneithia Mitchell's performance as Cio-Cio-San was sublime, as was David Cox as Sharpless. It took everything I had during Mitchell's "Un bel dì" not to start blubbering openly; when it is performed with such conviction, Madame Butterfly is an almost unendurable combination of beauty and tragedy. I am new to San Jose, so this was my first time attending, but I will be a regular for their upcoming performances. For $25, I underpaid by about $50.