Feburary 17, 2018 - Brandon music center, brandon vt
What people are saying
Tenor Joshua Collier, Barn Opera’s founder and director, gave the American officer B.F. Pinkerton the full range of emotions by varying expression and color, from quietly tender to overtly dramatic; it was beautiful singing... Mezzo-soprano Julie Olssen, a Jamaica resident, proved a consummate pro as Butterfly’s maid Suzuki, combining warmth, power and tenderness with real vocal security...Soprano Helen Lyons, who recently returned to her home of Ferrisburgh, is a powerful and convincing singer. She was responsible for some lovely singing, and the audience was thrilled with her power...Baritone Cailin Marcel Manson sang Sharpless effectively with power...Montpelier, tenor Cameron Steinmetz as the opportunistic Goro, and soprano Allison Devery Steinmetz as Kate Pinkerton, sang effectively with real vocal beauty. Baritones Nicholas Tocci and Christopher Carbin proved effective and good singers in a variety of roles....Leading the entire effort as conductor from the piano was Kenneth Olssen of Jamaica, co-founder with his wife of Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre, his sometimes overly enthusiastic piano certainly delivered the power of much of the beauty of “Madama Butterfly.”
-New BARN OPERA shows real promise (Rutland Herald) Jim Lowe - 2/18/2018
Puccini's tragic love story is about a young Japanese geisha who believes that her love for an American naval officer is true and eternal. She is eventually faced with the realization that the war not only left casualties on the battlefield, but destroyed lives at home as well. Puccini's lush score features some of the most beautiful lyricism and heartbreaking music that he ever wrote.
This ONE NIGHT ONLY performance will feature a PROFESSIONAL CAST of opera singers ALL CURRENTLY LIVING IN VERMONT.
Invitations to attend the performance will be delivered electronically to any person who makes a donation of $50 or more to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. There are no specific tickets available to the general public and there is extremely limited seating available as only the first 50 donors of $50 or more will be able to attend. Donations to be invited to BARN OPERA’S Madama Butterflycan be made until February 16, 2018, and can be made online via PayPal via the link below, or by calling the Compass Music and Arts Foundation directly (802) 247-4295.
Net proceeds from this benefit event will be used to support the goal of the Compass Music and Arts Foundation’s to provide opportunities for the youth of Vermont to achieve artistic development without socio-economic division. All donations to BARN OPERAand Compass Foundation activities are tax deductible so far as permitted by law.
Performers in barn opera's Madama butterfly
HELEN LYONS, SOPRANO - MADAMA BUTTERFLY (FERRISBURG, VT)