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We're sharing our passion for opera

Founded in September 1995, we have performed 28 fully-orchestrated and fully-staged operas to date. Our usual performing home is the Colonial Theater in Keene, NH, but we have also performed at the Peterborough Players, Peterborough Town House and the Keene State College Recital Hall.

Our Mission is to share our passion for opera – to perform high quality productions, sung primarily in English to make them enjoyable and accessible to New Hampshire audiences, and to young opera-goers in particular. We are proud to be the only opera entity in New Hampshire devoted to providing a stage for the vocal and artistic talents of artists from this region, and pleased to play a role in developing the vocal and stagecraft talents of student performers.

Production History

First Season (1996 – 97)
The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan); Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss); Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

Second Season (1997 – 98)
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan); Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck); La Boheme (Puccini)

Third Season (1998 – 99)
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti); The Magic Flute (Mozart)

Fourth Season (1999 – 2000)
H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan); The Elixir of Love (Donizetti); Dido and Aeneas (Purcell, Young Artist Program)

Fifth Season (2000 – 01)
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck);The Barber of Seville (Rossini)

Sixth Season (2001 – 02)
Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan); The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)

Seventh Season (2002 – 03)
Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti); La traviata (Verdi)

Eighth Season (2003– 04)
Der Schauspieldirektor [The Impresario] (Mozart); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti); Carmen (Bizet)

Ninth Season (2004– 05)
Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan); La Cenerentola [Cinderella] (Rossini)

Tenth Season (2006-07)
Tosca (Puccini)

Eleventh Season (2007-08)
Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Twelfth Season (2008-09)
Our Town (Rorem)

Thirteenth Season (2009-10)
Gilbert & Sullivan Evening in Concert

Fourteenth Season (2010-11)
Amahl and the Night visitors (Menotti)

Fifteenth Season (2011-12)
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)

Sixteenth Season (2012-13)
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)

Seventeeth Season (2013-14)
A Taste of Opera, Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)

Eighteenth Season (2014-15)
The Magic Of Mozart

Nineteenth Seaosn (2015-16)
Magic Flute (Mozart)
Amahl and the Night Visitors

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.

Community Support

Raylynmor board members and advisors represent many of the Monadnock area towns such as Peterborough, Keene, Dublin, Stoddard and Swanzey. A tax-exempt, non-profit company, we are supported by donations from individuals such as yourself, businesses and corporations throughout the region. We have received grants from the Gilbert Verney Foundation, Putnam Family Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Badger Foundation, the Goyette Fund and the Monadnock Community Foundation – a division of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

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