Vladimir Nabokov readings from the authors writings about butterfliesAnn Callaway Vladimir in Butterfly CountryVladimir 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 Nabokovs 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 freeâ€”to fly and to live. The ensemble, comprised of some of the Bay Areas finest chamber musicians, was assembled for this production and the operas world premiere.