Die Fledermaus (“The Bat” and sometimes called “The Revenge of the Bat”) is an operetta, or light opera, composed by Johann Strauss II filled with typical Viennese music – it premiered in 1874. UCF’s performance will be sung in English and accompanied by members of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hanrich Claassen, who himself lived and taught music in Vienna for several years. This performance is of the second act of the opera, set at a ball in the lavish villa of the wealthy Russian Prince Orlofsky. Dr. Falke has arranged the ball as a way of getting revenge on his friend Gabriel von Eisenstein. Many humorous moments of mistaken identity are punctuated by delicious music including the “Champagne Chorus” and a genuine Viennese waltz finale.
(The second act of the operetta will also be performed fully staged with the orchestra on Saturday, March 4 at the Plaza Live as a fundraiser for the FSYO. Details about that event can be found at www.fyso.org.)
Location:Visual Arts Building: 132