History

Raylynmor Opera was founded in Peterborough in 1995 for the express purpose of “the production, promotion and presentation of opera and other forms of musical expression in southern New Hampshire.”  Since the inagural season, the company has performed over 40 productions of the greatest operas in the repertoire. Its productions have been staged in a variety of venues in the Monadnock Region including the Colonial Theatre in Keene, Peterborough Players, Heberton Hall, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Dublin School and the Jaffrey Women’s Club. 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.  

 

Our Mission is to ignite a passion for opera by performing high-quality productions, employing professional quality talent, incorporating innovative staging and making our productions accessible and affordable to New Hampshire audiences, young and old alike. We are proud to be playing a role in the development of vocal and stagecraft talents of area students and to have provided a stage for the vocal and artistic talents of artists from the region. Raylynmor remains the only company dedicated to performing live opera year-round in the Monadnock Region.

 

As we look to the future, we seek to expand our programming, broaden the company’s repertoire and develop projects in collaboration with other performing arts organizations that will enhance the company’s regional and national artistic profile. With a balance of a familial, community-grounded supporters and bold artistic vision, Raylynmor Opera envisions its role as making opera an integral part of the Monadnock Region’s musical heritage.  

Production History

This Season

                Die Fledermaus - see photo gallery

2018-2019

                 La Tragedie de Carmen

                 Spanish Song Recital

                 The Barber of Seville - see photo gallery

 

2017-2018

                Hansel and Gretel | Bon Appétit!

                Madame Butterfly

                Iolanthe

 

2016-2017

                Macbeth - see photo gallery

                Amahl and the Night Visitors - see photo gallery

 

2015-2016

                Shakespeare Goes to the Opera

 

2014-2015

                The Magic of Mozart

                The Magic Flute - see photo gallery

 

2013-2014

                A Taste of Opera

                Gianni Schicchi

 

2012-2013

                The Mikado - see photo gallery

 

2011-2012

                The Pirates of Penzance - see photo gallery

2010-2011

                Amahl and the Night Visitors

2009-2010

                Gilbert & Sullivan Evening in Concert

 

2008-2009

                Our Town

 

2007-2008

                Don Giovanni

2006-2007

                Tosca

2004-2005

                Ruddigore

                La Cenerentola

2003-2004

                The Impresario

                Amahl and the Night Visitors - see photo gallery

                Carmen

 

2002-2003

                Iolanthe - see photo gallery

                Amahl and the Night Visitors - see photo gallery

                La Traviata - see photo gallery

 

2001-2002

                The Yeomen of the Guard - see photo gallery

                The Marriage of Figaro

2000-2001

                Hansel and Gretel

                The Barber of Seville - see photo gallery

1999-2000

                H.M.S. Pinafore - see photo gallery

                The Elixir of Love

                Dido and Aeneas

1998-1999

                The Mikado - see photo gallery

                Amahl and the Night Visitors

                The Magic Flute

1997-1998

                The Pirates of Penzance - see photo gallery

                Hansel and Gretel - see photo gallery

                La bohème

 

1996-1997

                The Gondoliers - see photo gallery

                Die Fledermaus - see photo gallery

                Così fan tutte

 

Our Audience

Nearly 35,000 people have attended our performances to date, and a further 3,000 area school children have attended our opera workshops and mini-performances. With help from Colonial Theatre advertising, we reach out to a potential audience of over 40,000 music lovers from southwestern New Hampshire, southeastern Vermont and the northern tier of Massachusetts.

 

 

Raylynmor Opera is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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