Kent State Opera and Orchestra Perform Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus” in March
The Kent State University Opera presents Johann Strauss II’s comedic operetta Die Fledermaus on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Ludwig Recital Hall. The student cast will be joined by the Kent State Orchestra in this fully-staged production performed in English. Direction is by Marla Berg, musical direction is by Jay White and conductor is Jungho Kim. Lighting, sound design and recording is by Jeremy Dobbins. Ludwig Recital Hall is at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. Ample free parking is available.
Known as the “Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II’s beloved operetta Die Fledermaus possesses the same spirited and effervescent flavor of his Viennese waltzes. Originally set in Austria near the turn of the 20th century, the plot primarily follows the story of Dr. Falke and his quest for light-hearted vengeance following an embarrassing incident. Now known as “The Bat,” Falke was left in a public market by his friend Eisenstein following a drunken night at a costume party. After extensive planning, he executes his intricately planned revenge at a New Year’s Eve party where the champagne flows freely and antics inevitably ensue. From love triangles to mistaken identities, there are several unexpected twists and turns from the start of the famous overture to the final notes of the Act III reprisal tribute to the champagne chorus.
Tickets are available in advance through the Performing Arts Box Office in-person, by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS), or at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $8 for non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students and those 18 and under. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Roe Green Lobby, Center for the Performing Arts, at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.