The Park Theatre, Jaffrey, NH

Opera Espresso Friday, August 21st, 5:00 PM

Opera Espresso, the Boston-based ensemble, performs in Jaffrey on Friday, August 21 at 5 pm. This performance is the first stop on their premiere tour of New England, and is presented by The Park Theatre at the Jaffrey Woman’s Club on 33 Main Street. The pre-performance reception and program begins at 5:00 pm and gives the audience an opportunity to meet the performers. The group’s mission is to provide emerging artists with professional performance and production opportunities in the New England region. Their musicians, directors, and staff are students and young professionals based in Boston. They selected the name “Opera Espresso” because they want their performances “to be brief and excite the audience – like a musical shot of espresso!”

At their opening performance on this tour, Opera Espresso will present three short, one-act comedic operas by contemporary composers Gian Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber, John G. Bilotta and John F. McGrew: The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, and The Quantum Mechanic. Each of the operas runs about 15 minutes. There will be additional opportunities to meet the singers following the performance. Learn More

The Park Theatre building is an historically significant 19th century wooden frame structure in the center of downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire.  In 1922, Romulo Vanni, an Italian immigrant to the town, raised his house up to sit atop his produce and dry goods store.  He then built a lobby entrance under it to provide entry into his adjoining barn which he converted into a movie theatre.  He projected the movies through windows cut into his kitchen pantry on the 1st floor of his house.  By 1935, the movies were so popular that he expanded the barn to the edge of his property to accommodate 720 seats.  He showed two movies a night with a Sunday matinee and vaudeville shows.  The lines to get in went around the block.... Read More


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