After last year’s brilliant Carmen, North West Opera are back at the Balor tonight and tomorrow night, with Johann Strauss II‘s classic comic opera, Die Fledermaus. Sung in English and with English dialogue, this will be North West Opera’s fourth production at the Ballybofey venue. With its fabulous singing, live orchestral accompaniment, colourful choruses and boundless energy and exuberance, the annual North West Opera production has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival.
Set in 19th century Vienna, Die Fledermaus is a hilarious tale of revenge, disguise, masked balls and mistaken identity that’s guaranteed to delight and entertain.
The title,‘ Die Flefermaus, is German for ‘The Bat’, and refers to a late-night prank played by Gabriel Von Eisenstein on a friend, Dr. Falke, whom he abandons dressed as a bat after a fancy dress party, only for the latter to wake up next day in the town square to general ridicule. It is Strauss’ most celebrated and popular operetta, containing some of the most captivating opera music ever composed, including the famed Fledermaus Waltz, the Czardas aria, the beautiful Laughing Song and the rousing Champagne Song.
Once again, North West Opera has assembled a cast which pairs world class operatic voices with the best of local talent, backed this year by the largest NW Opera Chorus to-date and accompanied by a live Orchestra conducted by Anton Zapf, Assistant Conductor to the Stuttgart State Opera.
The all-star ensemble of local and international singers and actors includes Jens Muller, Ann Jennings, Gudun Ayasse, Markus Herzog, Diana McLaughlin , Aaron O’Hare, Maggie McAteer , Donal Kavanagh and Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhríde. The NW Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Anton Zapf, Assistant Conductor to the Stuttgart State Opera.
The production is directed by JC Bonner with additional Musical Direction by Anton Zapf.
Performances commence at 8pm. Booking from the Balor Arts Centre, tel. 074 913 1840.