Madama Butterfly was a WOW!
Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s amazing soloists, chorus and cast were all superb, and together with the exquisite costumes and beautiful sets, brought us long standing ovations from our audience.
Acting is so important in opera and Soprano Melliangee Perez’s acting performance (Cio-Cio-San) was as amazing as her beautiful, mesmerizing voice. In the first act she was the epitome of a young, trusting girl in the throes of a great love. In the second act, three years after her abandonment by Pinkerton, she visibly aged to a weary, heartbroken woman who alone must deal with the tragic loss of love and son.
It is easy to understand why tenor Benjamin Sloman (Pinkerton) is considered one of the most exciting young Australian tenors of his generation. His performance was outstanding. His brilliant tenor voice convincingly transformed him from a pleasure-seeking, boastful young cad to a mature man who must now deal with a lifetime of loss and regret..
There were familiar faces on stage, too. Local youth were included as extras and eight-year-old Selina Gomez as SORROW was a wonderful idea. USC senior opera student Jonathan Cawley won the supporting role of PRINCE YAMADORI and our orchestra of SC Philharmonic musicians garnered enthusiastic applause. We have received nothing but rave reviews and “thank yous” for this magical evening.
And of course Teatro’s Artistic Director Giorgio Lalov’s brilliant creativity and directing completed the picture and we had another hit!
Kathy Newman, Chair
The Palmettto Opera