The University of Arizona Opera Theater presents its fall production: "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss II. Four performances will be offered in Crowder Hall, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m.
A reception hosted by the Music Advisory Board will be held immediately following Sunday afternoon's performance. Pre-performance talks by Stage Director David Ward will be given 45 minutes before each performance in Room 146 at the School of Music.
This effervescent comic operetta by Vienna's Waltz King is a favorite with audiences, who can enjoy an evening of champagne, Italian tenors, dancers, mistaken identities and an outrageous inebriated jailer, all sung in English, and set in 19th century Vienna. The production is staged by David Ward, a distinguished basso buffo and stage director who heads up UA Opera Theater for 2013-2014. Ward has staged "Tartuffe" and "Le Nozze di Figaro" for the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, "Falstaff" for Houston's Opera in the Heights and "The Pirates of Penzance" for Opera in the Ozarks, where he also conceived and directed a young peoples’ touring production of "Cinderella."
Music Director Thomas Cockrell will conduct the Arizona Symphony Orchestra for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. Doctoral conducting student Ace Edewards will conduct on Sunday.
Members of the UA School of Dance appear in choreography by Jory and Melissa Hancock and Alyssa Alger. Sets are designed by Sally Day and costumes are created by Christopher Allen.