Artistic Director Robert Paine

By Giacomo Puccini 
Directed by Robert Lundy-Paine 

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Alameda, CA 
March 29 - Preview at 8:30 pm
Saturday March 31 Champagne Opening at 8:00 pm
Saturday April 7 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 15 at 12:45pm - Pre-show Japanese Luncheon and Performance - $45
​Includes Edamame, Sunomono (pickled cucumber), Soba Noodle Salad, Vegetarian Sushi, Chicken Skewers, Rice, Sake, and cupcakes for dessert.
Sunday April 15 at 2:00 pm afternoon with Sushi and Saki! 

The Hillside Club, Berkeley 
2286 Cedar Street Berkeley, CA 
Friday April 20th at 7:30 pm early time Sushi and Saki Special Presentation
Sunday April 22nd at 2:00 pm afternoon Wine and Cheese

Closing Puccini's deeply passionate and sublime masterpiece tells the story of an American serviceman who lusts after a Japanese girl and marries her, only to leave her. Pregnant and banished from her people for abandoning her ancestral religion, Butterfly pines for her love’s return. He does return, but only to humiliate and betray her beyond what can be endured. The finale of Butterfly rivals King Lear and Phaedra in its horror and intensity. 

Robert Lundy-Paine, Virago's Resident Director and the director of La Boheme, brings stylized, intimate opera rich with sexual politics and striking elements of movement. Starring soprano Eileen Meredith and a cast of Bay Area favorites. Maestro Jerry Kuderna conducts the Shameless Passion orchestra for this limited run of Puccini's best loved opera. 

Cio-Cio San: Eileen Meredith
Pinkerton: Ray Chavez
Suzuki: Sally Mouzon
Sharpless: Martin Bell
Goro: Alex Taite
The Bonze: Bill Pickersgill
Yamadori: Horus Jack Tolson
Kate Pinkerton: Cass Panuska
Sorrow: Sophia Dant

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda [Map]
The Hillside Club, Berkeley [Map]

Madame Butterfly