Right Here Productions

Invites you to join us in bringing a unique and compelling musical production back to Vermont theaters in 2015.

A Fleeting Animal: an Opera from Judevine is a contemporary opera, written by Vermont poet David Budbill and Vermont composer Erik Nielsen. A Fleeting Animal had its world premiere in the fall of 2000 and was performed just six times at three Vermont theaters. The performances were presented to packed houses and received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. 

Based on David Budbill’s acclaimed play Judevine, A Fleeting Animal tells the heartbreaking love story of Tommy, a recently returned veteran, and Grace, a struggling and misunderstood single mother. It also offers a rich cast of supporting characters who leap straight from the often muddy and messy roads of rural Vermont life.

A Fleeting Animal is timeless in its themes: the harm of individual isolation and the possibility of community redemption. Like all great operas, it has passion, humor, and tragedy. With its earthy characters and libretto, and its music inspired by French Canadian fiddle tunes, the blues, and jazz, plus more traditional and contemporary musical sounds, this newly revised production of A Fleeting Animal will appeal to a broad range of people including those who wouldn’t normally attend an opera.

A Fleeting Animal needs to be seen in Vermont again!

Right Here Productions is a volunteer team of diverse professionals who share a love of great theater and music. We have banded together to gather support for a new production of A Fleeting Animal to be staged in the fall of 2015. Again, there will be six performances with a goal of reaching a broader roster of Vermont venues and audiences.

Another goal of the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal will be to engage the communities where it is performed in a public conversation about the needs of our military veterans, their families, friends, and those who seek to help them.

In order to secure outstanding talent for the cast (16 performers) and the accompanying musical ensemble (7 instrumentalists), and to ensure the ultimate success of this inspiring creative and community-building venture, we are seeking to raise $40,000 by the end of 2014. We are inviting a few key people to help us launch this campaign with leadership gifts of $1000 – $5000. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated and will help us reach our goal.

Can we count you in?

All contributions to support the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Right Here Productions is partnering with the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier as its fiscal sponsor. Monteverdi Music School is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions may be directed to:

Monteverdi Music School, P. O. Box 1062, Montpelier, VT 05601-1062

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Photos, musical excerpts, and other information about A Fleeting Animal are available at David Budbill’s website. For more information contact me:

Samples of reviews from the 2000 production of A Fleeting Animal:


[Erik Nielsen’s] vocal writing, for soloists and chorus alike, is filled with Nielsen’s… love of the human voice and of words. It has the certitude that guided Benjamin Britten in his vocal writing… [and the] exemplary libretto–simple, tightly constructed… finds David Budbill at his best crafting of words. This is a keeper.

Dan Wolfe


November 2, 2000


There is a tremendously heroic quality to David Budbill and Erik Nielsen’s new operatic adventure, A Fleeting Animal… The production was a revelation to me… and a wonder… A Fleeting Animal is a great testament to the process of collaboration between two artists of power.

Jerome Lipani


January 2001


A Fleeting Animal . . . celebrates the stark beauty of Vermont’s “Northeast Kingdom” and the harsh lives of its people . . . The music, wedded to powerful theatre, transports the listener.


Zeke Hecker


February 2001

“A Fleeting Animal is a beautiful, living work that deserves and needs to be seen and heard for years to come.”

Dr. Lisa Jablow, singer and conductor