Opera on the Couch: Madame Butterfly

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: Madame Butterfly
(learn more at SF Opera website)
Date: Sunday, June 15, 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: Steven Goldberg, MD and Susan Saperstein, PsyD, MFT
Moderator: Milton Schaefer, PhD


Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica


Puccini's heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera's dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette, "who can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her era" (Opera News), heads a superb cast including Elizabeth DeShong, acclaimed by The New York Times for her "rich, nuanced portrayal" of Butterfly's maid Suzuki; Brian Jagde, who "supplied what so many other tenors on today’s main stage lack: soul" (San Francisco Classical Voice); and Brian Mulligan, a baritone with a "rich, secure" voice who is "capable of sensitivity and musicality in perfectly executed moments" (The New York Times). "The visual component of this production is so compelling, and so intelligent, that it lifts this opera to a new level" (Toronto Globe and Mail).



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