Float Like a Butterfly

By Richard Mineards   |   November 7, 2019
Accompanying Geishas in Madama Butterfly are Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriquez, Adrien Roberts, Angeline Petronijevic, Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) Eleni Calenos, Brooke Lehman, Kelly Guerra, and Daniella Torella (photo by Priscilla)

If you have a yen for opera, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Granada was definitely the production for you.

Opera Santa Barbara’s 25th anniversary season opener was a cracker with artistic director Kostis Protopapas working musical magic with soprano Eleni Calenos in the pivotal role.

She was joined by a superb cast, including tenor Harold Meers as the unscrupulous American naval lieutenant, and baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco as the U.S. Consul.

Add tenor Benjamin Brecher and bass baritone Colin Ramsey into the oriental mix creatively directed by Octavio Cardenas with digital projections by Daniel Chapman and effective lighting by Azra King-Abadi, and the Italian composer’s century-old masterpiece gloriously lived on.

Regina Roney, Daniel Reicker, Joan Rutkowski, and friend at Madama Butterfly (photo by Priscilla)
Octavio Cardenas, Eleni Calenos, and Kostis Protopapas after Madama Butterfly (photo by Priscilla)
In the role of B.F. Pinkerton is Harold Meers and Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) is Eleni Calenos (photo by Priscilla)

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