Maryland Opera Studio: Die Fledermaus
Maryland Opera Studio
Music Johann Strauss II
Libretto Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Conductor Edward Maclary
Director Nick Olcott
Witty pranksters, straying spouses and lilting melodies — it’s the ultimate Viennese confection.
In Strauss’ beloved 1874 operetta, revenge for a cruel trick leads to a woman sending her lover to jail under her husband’s name, a man attempting to seduce his own wife (disguised as a Hungarian countess) and a chambermaid masquerading as a lady of quality. The complications get straightened out in a prison run by a drunken jailer, all to the sparkling music of the great Viennese master.
Preview by The Gazette
One of the interesting aspects of 'Die Fledermaus,' is that unlike most operas, there is actual dialogue to accompany the songs. For the performance at Clarice Smith, the spoken parts will be in English, but the songs will be sung in German.
— WILL C. FRANKLIN, The Gazette, April 8, 2014
Review by DC Metro Theater Arts
The music is beautiful, the voices are beautiful, and the set and costumes could outshine most professional productions. There is a reason the theater is full year after year for the Maryland Opera Studio. Die Fledermaus is fantastic fun.
— JESSICA VAUGHAN, DC Metro Theater Arts, April 12, 2014