From a lovely and energetic fast-and-furious waltz to a luscious slow waltz as performers sing of love, Johann Strauss' famous opera “Die Fledermaus" is all about being with loved ones and having a good time. As part of this year's Opera Theatre Gala, the Kennesaw State University School of Music will perform Act II of the lighthearted operetta on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
“Die Fledermaus,” translated as “The Bat,” is set in 9th century Vienna, Austria and is considered to be one of the most popular operas ever written. Eileen Moreman, artist-in-residence in voice, describes the opera as “lively, colorful, luscious and sentimental.” The main setting for Act II is a "turn of the century lavish, confectionary, champagne-drinking party," Moreman explains, "so everybody is in a good mood."
Those familiar with the opera may recall that the main characters in Act I are Gabriel von Eisenstein, his wife Rosalinda, her maid Adele and Eisenstein’s friend, Falke. In Act I, Eisenstein leaves Falke, who is extremely inebriated, in the center of town dressed as a bat, exposing Falke to ridicule. This embarrasses and angers Falke and he devises a scheme to seek revenge on Eisenstein.
The plot of revenge is carried out in Act II at a summer villa owned by Prince Orlofsky. Orlofsky is in on the plot and gives Falke permission to orchestrate a masquerade ball as a way of getting back at Eisenstein. As guests begin to arrive, the evening gets out of control.
Professor of Music Russell Young says the music of the opera is adapted to correspond with various scenes and it will be fun, uplifting and melodic. “Some of the most famous tunes of Act II will be 'Adele’s Laughing Song,' 'Champagne's Delicious Bubbles,' 'Csardas: Sounds from Home' and 'The Drinking Song.'” The gala will also feature several guest performers, including retiring Professor of Voice Oral Moses.
Tickets for the performance are $15, with discounts available for KSU personnel, students, seniors and military. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the KSU Box Office online or at 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.