Die Fledermaus Opera
Johann Strauss Masterpiece, Die Fledermaus, to be Performed by Queens College Opera February 23-26
The setting is 1874 Vienna. Things have been set in motion before the curtain rises on Die Fledermaus, that most effervescent of operettas. The recipient of a practical joke while in a drunken haze after a college party, it has taken young Dr. Falke three years to figure out how to get back at his friend Eisenstein for the prank. The perfect forum is provided by the outlandish Russian Prince Orlofsky, who rolls into town and invites Falke to a sumptuous party on New Year’s Eve. The guests arrive under an assortment of false pretenses, culminating in the unwitting Eisenstein flirting shamelessly with his own wife in disguise as a Hungarian countess. Amidst much waltzing and champagne consumption, he gets a taste of his own medicine, delivered in large doses by Dr. Falke.
There are two extraordinary casts of talented grads and undergrads, assisted by two guest artists. While identifiable as a “traditional” production, this version, sung in English, been purged of some of the creakier traditions and gags so long associated with the show. The young performers give it a freshness often lost in larger and more lavish productions.
Elizabeth Hastings, serving as both conductor and stage director for this production, holds a B.S. from the Mannes College of Music as well as an M.A. from Queens College. Highly regarded as a vocal coach and accompanist, Ms. Hastings has conducted for (among other organizations) the Toledo Opera, the Washington Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the New York City Opera national touring company and the Kennedy Center. In addition to opera, her broad experience encompasses musical theatre and operetta, and she has conducted over 60 productions in 25 seasons at the Highfield Theater on Cape Cod.
Performances will take place from Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM in the LeFrak Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 general admission, and $5 for students with QC ID. Student tickets are available through the BOX OFFICE ONLY-CASH ONLY
About Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music (ACSM)
Established in 1981, ACSM has over 500 music students enrolled in seven undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It prepares its graduates for a variety of careers in music, including performance, teaching and composition. The school also maintains a vital presence in the cultural life of Queens and the greater NY metropolitan area by annually offering over 200 public concerts and recitals, as well as specialized programs and courses for senior citizens. In addition, its Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, a pre-college program, serves up to 400 elementary and secondary students each year. For more information on the Aaron Copland School of Music, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/music/
The Queens College Opera is a proud member of the New York Opera Alliance.