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A Masquerade Ball: Opera Carolina presents Strauss' Die Fledermaus—The Bat

April 08, 2008

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A Masquerade Ball: Opera Carolina presents Strauss' Die Fledermaus—The Bat

Opera Carolina concludes its 2007/2008 opera season with Johann Strauss's comic masterpiece, Die Fledermaus. In its first production since 1988, Die Fledermaus (or "The Bat") will return to the mainstage with its beloved philandering husband-and-wife duo. As they unveil the other's immodesties, Eisenstein, Rosalinde, and their friends celebrate reconciliation and the many masks of love. Bill Fabris (The Pirates of Penzance) returns to Opera Carolina to direct Die Fledermaus along with Opera Carolina veterans: soprano Robin Follman (La Boheme) as Rosalinde, Tenor Israel Lozano (Love Notes, La Vida Breve) as Alfred, Bass-Baritone Dan Boye (Madama Butterfly, Amahl & the Night Visitors) as Dr. Falke, and Baritone Keith Jurosko (The Pirates of Penzance) as Frosch. Baritone James Taylor makes his Opera Carolina debut as Gabriel von Eisenstein.

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Gabriel von Eisenstein wants to celebrate his last night as a free man before heading off to jail. Unbeknownst to his wife, Rosalinde, Eisenstein and his friend, Dr. Falk, plan to attend a masked ball and enjoy a night of revelry and flirtation in anonymity. Unbeknownst to Eisenstein, Rosalinde has been flirting with the local tenor, Alfred. When the police chief arrives early to bring Eisenstein into custody, Rosalinde begs Alfred to pretend that he is her husband to protect her reputation. With Alfred out of the way, Rosalinde also decides to attend the masked ball and enjoy the freedom of being without a husband or a lover. Unbeknownst to both Eisenstein and Rosalinde, the masked ball has been orchestrated by Dr. Falk himself to bring this clueless married couple back into one another's arms. As this comedy of errors ensues, Rosalinde's and Eisenstein's oblivious flirtation cause them to fall in love all over again.

Die Fledermaus will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center May 1 at 7:30 p.m., May 3 at 8:00 p.m. & May 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at: www.operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

Die Fledermaus is sung in English with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Crosland, Wagner Noble, and Metro Charlotte Realty make this production possible. Additional support provided by U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by WDAV, The Charlotte Observer, Time Warner Cable, and WCNC-TV.

Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.
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