Waltzes, a ball, flowing champagne, and a delectably tipsy Viennese romantic comedy. With so much merriment, one can hardly discern the quiet disintegration of the old European order. That’s Johann Strauss II’s perennially popular, Die Fledermaus, which NEC Opera presents with an all student cast and orchestra conducted by Stephen Lord and directed by Joshua Major.

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Sat April 19 at 8:00pm
Sun April 20 at 7:00pm
Mon April 21 at 7:30pm
Tue April 22 at 7:30pm

Read Helen Greenwald's notes on Die Fledermaus.

Major, who will set the production in the period of 1910, believes that Fledermaus has too often been performed as if it were farce. It is, he says, a domestic comedy of deception and hypocrisy rather than a series of slapstick scenes and one-liners. It is very sophisticated and elegant, he adds, and it hints at the class structure breaking down. All of it is sung to the irresistible music of “the waltz king,” Johann Strauss II.

EisensteinTwo casts of singers will alternate performances.
The singers tonight are:

Rosalinda: Jacquelyn Stucker
Adele: Annie Simon
Orlovsky: Ksenia Berestovskaya
Ida: Jennifer Wilson
Eisenstein: David Tay
Falke: Elijah Blaisdel
Franke: David Lee
Blind: Rafael Delsid
Alfred: Jimmy Dornier
Frosch: Steven Goldstein

Eisenstein costume sketch by Katherine Stebbins

Date: April 20, 2014 - 7:00:PM
Price: $20, $16 for students/seniors; 2 for 1 with WGBH Member ID
Location: Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. Boston 02116

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