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VIRGINIA OPERA BRINGS STRAUSS' "DIE FLEDERMAUS" TO THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON NOV. 30 & DEC. 2

October 25, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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VIRGINIA OPERA

PERFORMING STRAUSS’ “DIE FLEDERMAUS”

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 25, 2012 – Virginia Opera, the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, presents Strauss’ delightful tale of mistaken identities, practical jokes, elegant frivolities, intoxicating revelry and plenty of freely flowing champagne when it brings “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Premiering in Vienna on April 5, 1874, “Die Fledermaus” is Strauss’ most celebrated and beloved work and is filled with some of the most captivating music ever written. Inspired by “The Prison” by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix and French vaudeville play “Le réveillon” by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, this deliciously provocative work captures the height of indulgent 19th century Viennese society. The story follows Gabriel von Eisenstein, an aristocrat who faces a short prison term, as his wife Rosalinde is pursued by a former flame. Meanwhile, Dr. Falke invites everyone to a magnificent party as part of an elaborate scheme to exact revenge on Eisenstein for a youthful prank. This offers the cunning Rosalinde the opportunity to catch her womanizing spouse in the act. On the night of the party, bafflement and hilarity ensue. This dazzling work is filled with gorgeous waltzes, sophisticated humor and memorable melodies sung by the glorious voices of Virginia Opera’s singers.

“There always seems to be something new and fascinating to discover when we return to even the most familiar operas,” said Dorothy Danner, who first directed the company premiere of “Die Fledermaus” in 2003. “‘Die Fledermaus’ is both a glorious tribute to the spirit of Vienna and a delightful tale of revenge. Many operas lend themselves to imaginative modernizations. But ‘Fledermaus’ springs so defiantly from the waltz-crazed world of 1874 that it seems more essential to recreate the giddy atmosphere of Strauss’ Vienna than to update it.”

The production also marks the company debut of Gary Thor Wedow, a conductor who has received praise from the Baltimore Sun for his “hot music making.” Wedow has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1994 and frequently appears with the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

The cast features soprano Emily Pulley as the mischievous Rosalinde (replacing Christina Pier), and soprano Jane McMahon (2010’s “Don Giovanni”) as the flirtatious maid Adele. Making company debuts are mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims as the fun-loving party host Orlovsky; baritone Philip Cutlip as the womanizing von Eisenstein; tenor Ryan MacPherson as Rosalinde’s secret lover, Alfred; and baritone Christopher Burchett as the revenge-seeking Dr. Falke. In a special appearance, bass-baritone Jake Gardner returns to the Virginia Opera as the prison ward Frank, after having previously performed in Virginia Opera’s inaugural season production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 1975. The orchestra for this production is provided by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

“Die Fledermaus” will be sung in English with English supertitles. Images will be available online at www.vaopera.org/news-media in the coming weeks. Virginia Opera may also be found on the web at www.vaopera.org, on Twitter at @vaopera and on Facebook at Facebook.com/VaOpera.

 

Tickets for VIRGINIA OPERA’S production of “DIE FLEDERMAUS” are Friday: $44, $72 and $86 and Sunday: $48, $80 and $98. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

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