Teresa Eickel’s Butterfly is All That
by Christie Connolley
The review by Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News is a singer’s dream, one that will probably force Teresa Eickel to edit her bio to include all of the praise that the reviewer doles out.
“One of the gratifying things about live performance is its absolute unpredictability. You’re sitting there in your seat, feeling antsy, wondering why you even bothered to come, and then suddenly, like a camera finding its focus, the performance snaps to life, moving from the so-so to the “yes!” At Saturday’s opening performance of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the Lesher Center for the Arts, that moment happened about 15 minutes into the second act of the Festival Opera production. Soprano Teresa Eickel, as Cio-Cio San — the doomed teenage geisha, nicknamed “Butterfly” — became so caught up in the girl’s increasingly dreadful predicament that her performance was transformed: those fat-and-firm low notes, those silky high ones, a torrent of emotive singing.”
Read the full review here.