Old First Concerts

Vladimir in Butterfly Country
Erina Newkirk, soprano; Richard Mix, bass; Tod Brody, flute; Carla Wilson, bassoon; Michael Seth Orland, piano; Ann Callaway, percussion
Vladimir Nabokov readings from the author’s writings about butterflies
Ann Callaway Vladimir in Butterfly Country

Vladimir Nabokov was a respected and dedicated naturalist, who studied blues, a group of species of small iridescent blue butterflies that exists worldwide. The program opens with a selection of readings from Nabokov’s writings about butterflies. The second half of the program is the one-act opera, Vladimir in Butterfly Country, with score by Ann Callaway and libretto by Jaime Robles. Written for bass Richard Mix and soprano Erina Newkirk, the opera opens with Vladimir searching for the perfect specimen for his collection of blue butterflies. When he finds the butterfly, newly released from her chrysalis, he poignantly explains to her his desire to preserve her beauty. She however wants to be free—to fly and to live. The ensemble, comprised of some of the Bay Area’s finest chamber musicians, was assembled for this production and the opera’s world premiere.

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