Cast of characters blame it on the champagne for Die Fledermaus

Jan. 23, 2014
Media contact: Jelena Bojic
Director of community relations & assistant general manager
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com; 780-392-7837

A romantic musical comedy, Edmonton Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus opens at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Feb. 1 (tickets are nearly sold out) and continues Feb. 4 and 6.

The media dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Good visuals occur at approximately 12:20 p.m., when there is a large number of cast members and chorus on stage during the masked ball scenes.

“I particularly enjoy working on Die Fledermaus because of its dance element, but also because of the infectious quality of the music,” said director Allison Grant. “It is wonderfully uplifting and hugely satisfying. Great music.”

Composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss II, the plot of this operetta unravels during a masked ball one night, where a maid is disguised in one of her mistress’ gowns, a jailer can barely maintain his pseudonym and a husband doesn’t recognize his own wife, disguised as a Hungarian countess.

In English, the title translates to “The Bat’s Revenge.” It’s Dr. Falke’s elaborate scheme, devised because his friend Eisenstein left him drunk on a park bench one night, dressed as a bat after a costume party, and in the morning he had to endure ridicule as he stumbled his way home. Now he wants to settle the score.

Local talent will be highlighted during this production, as playwright Stewart Lemoine wrote some of the dialogue for the jailer Frosch, who will be played by actor Julien Arnold. The cast is comprised of young, North American singers, many of who have experience with this work, which can be challenging as it requires both speaking and singing abilities on the part of the artists.

To arrange interviews, please contact Jelena Bojic, director of community relations and assistant general manager, at jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com or 780-392-7837. To RSVP your outlet’s attendance to the media dress rehearsal on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m., please use the same contact.

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