Comic Operetta comes to Jacksonville
in Seven Hills Opera’s Concert
of Die Fledermaus
newest arts creation, the Seven Hills Opera Theatre, will present its second
season offering in a concert performance March 3 in the Performance Center of
Mason Hall on the Campus of Jacksonville State University. The community opera
company will perform Johann Strauss’s comic masterpiece Die Fledermaus, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
$10 for adults and $6 for students; they may be purchased by calling 782-5876
at the door.
in 1874, non-stop in forty-two “nights of veritable rapture,” this is the
younger Strauss's most celebrated and popular operetta—intoxicatingly melodious
and exuberant. Mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant
frivolities and confusions of all kinds provide a hilarious vehicle for some of
the most captivating music ever written. Seven Hills Opera Theatre’s production
will be a semi-staged, multi-media concert version accompanied by piano.
Die Fledermaus was originally set in an
elegant and contemporary 1874 Vienna; the Seven
Hills Opera production is updating the operetta to reflect a 1920s setting in
Prohibition. The production is in English, and new dialogue has been written to
take the place of the original German and to accommodate the American setting, according
to Dr. Sherri Weiler, who is directing the production as well as playing a
principal role (Prince Orlofsky).
represent well-to-do Chicagoans in an era that was in many ways more elegant
and gracious, but also more chauvinistic, than our own,” Weiler said.
Stars include several
College music faculty members: sopranos
Linda Lister (Adèle) and Regina Zona (Rosalinde), tenor Brian Nedvin
(Eisenstein), and baritone Matthew Hoch (Falke). Tenor Ben Perkins from
Marietta, GA, sings
Alfredo, the Italian opera singer, and bass-baritone William Supon, from Cedartown, GA,
sings the role of Frank, the warden. Rounding out the cast is local soprano
Dagmar Schmitz-Carlton (Clara), tenor Terrell Shaw (Dr. Blynt), and comic actor
Wendell Barnes (Frosch). Shorter College
music faculty member Elizabeth Blood will accompany the Alabama performance on piano.
For more information contact: Dr. Nathan Wight, 256-782-5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.