March 19, 2014

NEC Opera Presents Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, April 19—22 at Cutler Majestic Theatre

Stephen Lord Conducts, Joshua Major Directs

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. New England Conservatory Opera will present a full-staged production of the operetta at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. Boston on April 19—22, 2014. The all-student cast and orchestra will be conducted by Artistic Advisor Stephen Lord and directed by Chair of Opera Studies Joshua Major.

Performances take place April 19 at 8 pm, April 20 (Easter Sunday) at 7:00 pm, April 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20, $16 for students/seniors; 2 for 1 with WGBH Member ID.  Available online or by calling 617-824-8000.

Stage director Joshua Major, who will stage 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. "The clock is ticking." And it's all sung to the irresistible music of “the waltz king,”  Johann Strauss II.

Two casts of singers will alternate performances. The singers are:

Rosalinda: Suzanne Grogan, Jacquelyn Stucker

Adele: Soyoung Park, Annie Simon

Orlovsky: Ksenia Berestovskaya, Gillian Cotter

Ida: Aurora Martin, Jennifer Wilson

Eisenstein: David Tay, Junhan Choi

Falke: Josh Quinn, Elijah Blaisdel

Franke: David Lee

Blind: Patrick Shelton, Rafael Delsid

Alfred: Marco Andrade, Jimmy Dornier

Frosch: Steven Goldstein
For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. 

A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting and professional chamber music training. Additional programs, such as the Sistema Fellows, a professional training program for top postgraduate musicians and music educators that creates careers connected to music, youth, and social change, and Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level; 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level; and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall. This  season, the operas produced were Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115