February 12, 2018

Lecture: Madame Butterfly

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Raylynmor Opera to stage Madame Butterfly at the Peterborough Players.

Before you head to the Opera, learn more about the history and plot of Madame Butterfly by attending one of these lectures. Raylynmor Opera is partnering with the Japan-American Society of New Hampshire for an exciting joint lecture series and preview concert. One year after Madame Butterfly’s 1904 premiere, the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, negotiated by President Theodore Roosevelt, was signed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This document was the official end to the Russo-Japanese War. The plot behind Madame Butterfly reflects the expansion of American diplomacy, the initial attraction to Japanese aims, followed by similar reservations to long term entanglements. Join Japan-American Society President Charles Doleac and Raylynmor Opera Artistic Director Ben Robinson for this unforgettable glimpse into the history behind one of opera’s greatest hits.

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 AM; Dublin Library: Lecture and discussion

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 PM; Peterborough Library: Lecture and discussion

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 PM; 3S ArtSpace, Portsmouth: Madame Butterfly Preview Event


Details on how to see this amazing show:

Raylynmor Opera 2017 | 2018 Season

Madame Butterfly Giacomo Puccini

Peterborough Players

Friday, March 9 | 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 11 | 2:00 PM

$30 General Admission, $15 Students with ID, Free for Children 12 and Under

Tickets available at Toadstool Bookshop and online at www.raylynmor.com

Concept Overview:

Raylynmor Opera’s 2017 | 2018 Season continues with Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 classic, Madame Butterfly. This beautiful and tragic tale is one of the most performed operas in the world. Our production will mark the premiere of the piece at Raylynmor as well as a new English libretto, written by Raylynmor Artistic Director, Ben Robinson.

Raylynmor’s innovative staging of Madame Butterfly will portray the opera as a “ show within a show”, told as parallel storylines of both the opera and the “cast” producing it. Both finally collide at the tragic conclusion when art and reality are, for a moment, one. Citing the themes of imperialism, cross-cultural relationships, and transformation, this innovative production will recast the themes of this classic masterpiece in light of contemporary issues, while providing the audience in the Monadnock Region with a world-class operatic experience. Featuring a cast that includes Alexandra Loutsion (“…a singer to watch” –Washington Post), Kirk Dougherty (a “prodigiously gifted tenor” –www.operatoday.com) and Jeff Byrnes (a “robust, compelling baritone” –Opera News), you won’t want to miss Madame Butterfly, presented with a live orchestra at the intimate Peterborough Players.

!Please note! Origami artist and Conval student, Jillian Karlicek, is working in collaboration with the Raylynmore Opera to create the main set component (an elaborate cherry tree) during the performance.

There is a great synopsis of Madame Butterfly available here.


The Raylynmor Opera company was founded in 1995 and first appeared on stage in the 1996-1997 season. Throughout its vibrant history, the company has performed 38 productions of 26 of the greatest operas in the repertoire. From the Colonial Theatre in Keene to Peterborough Players and many venues in between, Raylynmor Opera has been featured throughout the Monadnock Region and remains the area’s only year-round opera company. The company has fostered the careers of many prominent artists and has been a major outlet for talent on both the national and local levels. Raylynmor continues to provide intimate, innovative and theatre-forward programming to our audience, expanding our repertoire and fostering a passion for opera for the people of New Hampshire.

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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