Opera on the Couch: La Traviata

Opera on the Couch

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and San Francisco Opera invite you to selected performances of Madame Butterfly and La Traviata.

Please join SFCP program co-chairs Dr. Steven Goldberg, MD and Dr. Milton Schaefer, PhD and colleagues for a psychological perspective of the opera at our post-performance discussion, Opera on the Couch, immediately after the following performances: Madame Butterfly on Sunday, June 15 at 2:00pm and La Traviata on Sunday, July 13 at 2:00pm.

Immediately following the performances, Opera on the Couch will meet at Book Inc. in the Opera Plaza . There will be time for questions, and audience members may share their thoughts on our thought-provoking operas. These discussions are FREE and open to the public .

Steven Goldberg and Milton Schaefer, Co-Chairs

Opera's Name: La Traviata
(learn more at SF Opera website)
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time: Discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance
Location: Opera Performance will be at:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussions will be at:
Books, Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussants: Israel Katz, MD and Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW
Moderator: Milton Schaefer, PhD


Madame Butterfly

La Traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave


Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life. Her story will be brought to the stage by two spectacular casts. One features Nicole Cabell, a winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition whose Company debut in 2012’s The Capulets and the Montagues was praised for its “sheer sumptuous gorgeousness” (San Jose Mercury News); tenor Saimir Pirgu is Violetta’s lover Alfredo, whose depiction of the role is "right on vocally as well as dramatically" (Associated Press); and Vladimir Stoyanov, praised by The New York Times for his "warm, attractive voice." The other is led by Ailyn Pérez, whose performance of the role at London’s Royal Opera House was hailed as “an unalloyed triumph” (The Guardian, London); Stephen Costello, "an ascending voice in opera" with an "engaging, pure voice" (Philadelphia Inquirer); and the "triumphant" and "splendid" Quinn Kelsey (San Francisco Chronicle).



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