|U of M Opera Presents Strauss' Die Fledermaus April 13-14
For release: April 2, 2007
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The University of Memphis Opera at the Rudi E. Schiedt School of Music will present Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall. The highlight of the performance is the ball scene of the second act, which traditionally incorporates cameo appearances. Continuing the custom, the scene will feature President Shirley Raines and R.C. Johnson, athletic director.
The action of Die Fledermaus matches the music perfectly. Everyone flirts, dances and drinks champagne as if there were no tomorrow. Every character seems to be in disguise or pretending to be someone he or she isn’t, which, of course, leads to lots of entertaining confusion. One character is carted off to jail in place of the real offender. Another thinks he’s seducing an exotic Hungarian countess, but she’s really his wife.
The operetta is directed by Michael Scarola of the New York City Opera. Scarola was on the Metropolitan Opera directing staff for five seasons. He assisted on the Met premiere of La Cenerentola starring Cecelia Bartoli and conducted by James Levine, which was telecast on PBS.
The conductor is Mark Ensley, director of opera activities at the School of Music.
Tickets for the performance are $10 general admission; $7 non–U of M students and seniors; free to U of M students, faculty and staff with ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling 901/678-5400.
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