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Jerry Gervase: Butterfly 10, Giants 9, Tiger 0

Jerry Gervase: Butterfly 10, Giants 9, Tiger 0 I have three television sets in my small apartment because I don't have room for four. Last Sunday provided a perfect example of why there are times when three sets are barely enough. While the San Francisco Giants were staging a stirring rally against the Colorado Rockies, Heath Slocum was making a stirring 20-foot putt to win the Barclay's Golf Tournament, thwarting a stirring comeback by Tiger Woods; and "Madame Butterfly" was getting her heart ripped out by the gutless Lt. Pinkerton.

What's a Baseball/golf/opera fan to do?

What this fan did was turn on all three television sets and move from room to room like the Giants' Aaron Rowand roving center field. So as Edgar Renteria was hitting a high fly to left that cleared the fence for a grand slam, Butterfly was hitting a few high C's of her own, knocking her arias into an operatic McCovey Cove; and Heath Slocum hit that 20 footer into the middle of the cup to win the Barclay's. All in all, it was un bel di for opera and sports fans.

Butterfly got more of my attention than Baseball or golf. The performance on KQED was the same one many of us saw at "Live at the Met" at Century Cinemas at Del Monte Center last spring.

I wrote about that performance and the way Anthony Minghella incorporated Japanese Bunraku Puppetry into the production to portray Butterfly's 3-year-old son. I mentioned how local opera buffs were lining up two hours early to get a decent seat.

That's when I heard from Anne Clark. Many of you signed Anne's petition to have Cinemark Theaters add a second auditorium. It was a long shot since it would mean Cinemark would have to install costly equipment to equip a second venue to receive the hi-definition broadcasts. Anne forwarded your signed petitions to both the Met and Cinemark, along with a couple of my columns.

Guess what? Tiffany Foulger of Cinemark e-mailed us recently that a second auditorium will be ready for the start of the 2009-'10 season on Oct. 10 with the Met's production of "Tosca" starring Karita Mattila, whom we saw last year as the lusty Salome. This is great news for all of us who stood in line at 8 a.m. and for the 900 opera fans who attended "Arias in August" at the Golden State Theater a few weeks ago.

The new season is loaded with some of opera's big hitters Puccini, Offenbach, Verdi, Bizet and Rossini. Talk about Murderer's Row!

Anne did a remarkable job in convincing Cinemark to add the second auditorium, although she is way too modest to accept any accolades. Sorry, Anne, you are much deserving of the thanks of everyone in Monterey who loves opera. A proper way to thank Anne and Cinemark would be to fill both auditoriums for the entire season. Only one theater will be open for the encore presentations unless ticket sales warrant opening the second auditorium.

I asked Anne what's next for her. She said she is going to enjoy the operas without having to get there so early. Maybe she should help manage the Giants . If anyone can get them into the playoffs she can. Or maybe she can teach Tiger how to putt.

Jerry Gervase is a columnist for The Herald. He can be reached at

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