Opera in three acts, Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Fully staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Cio-Cio San, a trusting young Japanese woman, is abandoned by her American naval officer husband B.F. Pinkerton. His cavalier betrayal results in heartbreaking tragedy.
Friday June 9 @ 8pm
Saturday June 17 @ 7:30pm
Suggested Donation $25 Advance / $35 Door
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
1343 Ocean Park Blvd – Santa Monica, CA 90405
Cio-Cio San ~ Yayra Sanchez (6/9) & Linda Jackson (6/17)
Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton ~ Steve Moritsugu
Suzuki ~ Marcela Pan
Sharpless ~ Richard Fredricks (6/9) & Eric Castro (6/17)
Goro ~ Paul Junger
Uncle Bonzo ~ Michael Margulies
Uncle Yakuside ~ Andrew Rodriguez
Prince Yamadori ~ Richard Castillo
The Commissioner ~ Kent Vitale
Kate Pinkerton ~ Megan Morrow & Natalie Mendez
Cio-Cio San’s Mother ~ C. Maria Schmidt
Cio-Cio San’s Aunt ~ Megan Morrow
Cio-Cio San’s Cousin ~ Rivkah Entin
Accompanist ~ Robert Sage
Stage Director ~ Linda Jackson
Stage Manager ~ Andrew Rodriguez
Chorus Master ~ C. Maria Schmidt
Linda Jackson is a diva whose vocal abilities span opera, classical, and commercial music. She can belt out a sassy soul tune, bounce through some jazzy scat, then ease into an aria, wrapping the listener in the warm folds of her voluptuous soprano voice.
Linda Jackson, award-winning vocalist, composer and arranger, has recorded numerous vocals for television, film and radio. She began her music industry career as a singing waitress at the world-famous Great American Food & Beverage Company in Santa Monica, California. Her contemporaries included Rickie Lee Jones, Peter Tork of the Monkees, Vonda Shepard, Mark Tanner of the Mark Tanner Group, Jamie Sherriff, Katie Sagal, Danny Kallis, David Chomsky and Matthew Wilder. As a session singer, Linda recorded and performed lead and background vocals for David Foster, Rod Stewart, Lamont Dozier, Dr. John, Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, Shadoe Stevens, Tierra, Nel Carter, the Grassroots, as well as composers John Williams, Charles Bernstein, Lennie Niehaus and Carter Burwell.
Ms Jackson’s television credits include Loni Anderson’s Easy Street, Time Cops and Disney’s PB & J Otter among numerous others. Film credits include Play It to the Bone, Rosewood and Fatal Attraction. You have heard her vocals on radio promotions for Wrigley’s chewing gum products and various advertising campaigns in the United States, Europe and Asia including California Egg Council (Clio Award), Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Vero Moda Designs. Currently, Ms. Jackson composes music cues for “Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Tyra” and “Extra Extra.” Ms Jackson also arranges vocals for Diavolo Dance Troupe and received the award for “Best Musical Direction” from Dramalog (now Back Stage West) for Odyssey Theater’s Avenue X.
Most recently, she has performed leading roles Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (W.A. Mozart), Rosalinda and Adele in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata (both by G. Verdi), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, and Tosca in Tosca (all by G. Puccini) with the award-winning Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera which she co-founded with renowned Soprano Ella Lee. Linda’s other roles include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Palisades Symphony, Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo with the Verdi Opera Company, Frau Fluth in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor for California State University, Northridge and Florence Pike in UCLA’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. She was featured as guest soloist for the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, San Fernando Valley Symphony, St. Gregory Chamber Orchestra, Southeast Symphony and the City of Bellflower Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Jackson began her vocal studies with Dennis Parnell at Santa Monica College and
coached with William Vendice of Los Angeles Opera, Valery Ryvkin of Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Frank Fetta of Los Angeles Opera and Sue Ann Pinner of Santa Monica College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from UCLA and her Master of Music degree at California State University, Northridge where she studied with the late Dr. David Scott.
Currently Ms Jackson is on the faculty at Santa Monica College / Emeritus College where she teaches Music Appreciation and Opera Appreciation.
Leona Levenson, is a graduate of Bard Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Baltimore School for the Arts. She is an avid performer of contemporary opera music, and was seen recently at Carnegie Hall in a Singer/Composer Workshop with Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov. In 2009, she performed in the world premiere of Love/Hate, by Jack Perla with American Opera Projects. In 2008, she performed the lead in another world premiere piece, Death In Summer, with AOP, the lead in a world premiere by Ronen Shai entitled The Respectable Prostitute, and the First Nursemaid in Street Scene. In 2007, she performed with an Artistic Outreach Program in the title role of a new Children’s Opera, which she cowrote, entitled, Happy Tweet!. In 2006, she performed the role of First Lady in the Juilliard Opera Workshop’s production of Die Zauberflöte under the direction Ed Berkeley and also in the Juilliard Opera Center’s world premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts. In 2005, she received the Lucrenza Bori Grant to study the Italian language in Florence, Italy. In 2004, she performed with the New York Philharmonic in their production of Candide under the direction of Lonny Price. The production was sponsored by PBS and later released worldwide on DVD. She was a recipient of the Alice Tully Scholarship for the sponsorship of talented young artists and has been assistant to the director in many productions.