CCM showcases its undergraduate opera singers with a studio production of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus on Feb. 8-10, 2019 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Set in 1920s Vienna, this captivating operetta is directed by Kenneth Shaw with co-producer Amy Johnson. Brett Scott serves as music director, while CCM graduate student Matthew Worth is the assistant stage director.

While the libretto for the operatic version of this story was written by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, the original tale was a play called The Prison written by Julius Roderich Benedix and premiered in 1851. This work then became a French vaudeville play that was re-translated into German by Haffner and turned into a libretto by Genée. Strauss’ operetta premiered in 1874 in Vienna.

The bat, or fledermaus, in this tale is not a flying creature but rather the ghost of a practical joke. At the previous year’s costume ball, a gentleman named Falke dressed as a bat and was abandoned, drunk, in the town square until the morning after the ball. To get revenge this year, Falke plans an elaborate ruse to catch his friend Eisenstein attempting infidelity and thereby embarrass Eisenstein in front of his wife and friends. A great deal of shenanigans ensue involving costumes, situational comedy, and the best-known archetype of comic opera — mistaken identities.

Performances of Die Fledermaus take place Feb. 8-10, 2019, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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Cast List

  • Chloe LeGrand and Amandalynne Perzyck as Rosalinda
  • Elena Villalon and Claudia Neff as Adele
  • Ryan Montgomery and Gregory Miller as Eisenstein
  • Grant Jackson and Hayden Smith as Dr. Falke
  • Bradley Buchmann and Sam Dubin as Alfred
  • Joseph Parrish and Grant Peck as Frank
  • Logan Wagner as Dr. Blind
  • Shannon Keegan and Katherine Gardin as Prince Orlovsky
  • Megan Dendler and Brianna Drew as Ida
  • Surprise Guest Star as Frosch

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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Opera d’arte Sponsor: Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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