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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Opera San José
Hansel and Gretel
Engelbert Humperdinck
P.D.Q. (Schickele) Bach
Wette, Adelheid
Maria Basile Choreographer
Layna Chianakas Director
Joseph Marcheso Conductor
Andrew Whitfield Assistant Conductor
Andrew Whitfield Chorus Master
Elizabeth Poindexter Costume Designer
Jeanna Parham Hair/Wigs
Jeanna Parham Make-up
Larry Hancock Scenic Designer
Pamila Z. Gray Lighting Designer
Opening Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Venue & 
Performance Dates:
California Theatre
November 16,17m,21,23,24m,26,29
December 1m
Cast Information:
Gertrude Buffy Baggott
Gertrude Nicole Birkland
Gretel Cecilia Violetta Lopez
Gretel Sara Gartland
Hansel Kindra Scharich
Hansel Lisa Chavez
Peter Evan Brummel
Peter Krassen Karagiozov
Sandman Antonia Tamer
Sandman Chloe Smart
The Witch James Callon
The Witch Marc Schreiner
Company Information
Opera San José
Address:  2149 Paragon Drive, San José CA 95131-1312 United States
Web site:
Phone:  408-437-4450
Fax:  408-437-4455

Mission Statement/Description:
"Opera San José is dedicated to presenting the finest professional opera performances while creating and providing cultural and educational programs that both enrich the opera experience and encourage future generations of artists and audiences. General Director Irene Dalis founded Opera San José in 1984 as a professional opera company dedicated to the showcasing and developing emerging opera singers. Well managed from its inception, Opera San José has never had a deficit. Rather, the company has continually nurtured a modest cash reserve and has acquired, with no debt, two 24,000 sq. ft. operations facilities, and two apartment buildings (fourteen units total) for free artist housing. Opera San José recently was notified by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, that it had been given its fourth consecutive four-star rating for its strong record of fiscal responsibility.

The feature that makes Opera San José unique in the United States is its resident company of principal artists, formed in 1988, through which outstanding operatic artists in the first years of their careers are identified and awarded annual contracts to perform leading roles in mainstage productions and to participate in school and community-wide educational activities. These singers are groomed for international performing careers. Due to the resident nature of the company, modeled after the German regional opera company, these artists build substantial professional repertoire, are coached by resident and guest conductors and stage directors, and are prepared to meet the demands of a successful operatic career. "
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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.