‘Madama Butterfly’ at River Street

  • “Madama Butterfly” will be simulcast at the River Street Theatre on April 23 and 24. Courtesy photo

Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:58AM

  Jaffrey's River Street Theatre, a project of The Park Theatre, announced their premiere schedule of The Royal Opera & Ballet which is being added to their expanding Stage to Screen series.

“Madama Butterfly,” the classic yet timeless Puccini opera of love and betrayal, begins the Royal Opera House offerings with two showings (Sunday, April 23 and Monday April 24, both 1:30 p.m.) of the high definition screening of the London stage production. Madama Butterfly first debuted at Milan’s Teatro all Scala in 1904.

This Royal Opera House production of Madama Butterfly (filmed this month) received rave reviews.

Madama Butterfly is followed by George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels (in its 50th year celebration) on May 14 & 15, The Dream, Frederick Ashton’s delightful ballet interpretation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on June 25-26 and finally, Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera, “Otello” on July 23-24.

The Royal Opera House has been world renowned for almost 300 years and whose earliest productions came from George Frideric Handel who had a very close relationship with the venue until his death in 1759. The current theatre is home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

“We are so proud to be able to present these breathtaking productions of opera and ballet from London's Royal Opera House. This special series at the River Street Theatre is another sampling of the programming that will fill the new Park Theatre in Jaffrey after its completion. We hope area fans, as well as students and teachers, will come to the RST to experience these exclusive screenings,” said Steve Jackson, CEO and Managing Director of The Park Theatre. “This series is a wonderful complement to our existing RST Stage to Screen offerings of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company," added Jackson.

Tickets for all Royal Opera House screenings are $20 each (students and teachers with ID, $15). Due to the intimate size of the River Street Theatre, it is highly recommended that tickets are purchased in advance. Call the Box Office at 603-532-8888 or go to www.theparktheatre.org to purchase tickets with any major credit card.