Concert Hall Hosts Die Fledermaus This Weekend

Posted: April 4, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ masterpiece and the most popular work in the genre of operetta, returns to Virginia Opera in an all-new production at the Concert Hall tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The opera features the memorable melodies for which Strauss is so revered. Virginia Opera Associate Conductor Dan Saunders will conduct all performances. A preperformance artistic discussion takes place prior to both performances on the Grand Tier.

This effervescent work is witty, charming, and fast-paced from beginning to end. Considered wickedly provocative in its day, Die Fledermaus showcases the height of hedonistic Viennese society at the pinnacle of its empire. Filled with lilting waltzes, sophisticated humor, and practical jokes, the opera is based on the French farce, Le réveillon, by Meilhac and Halévy.

Three artists return to Virginia Opera in this production after making their way in the theatre and opera world. Soprano Suzan Hanson sings the role of Rosalinda, having last appeared as Laurie in The Tender Land in 1998. Tracey Welborn is Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Dean Anthony appears as Rosalinda’s old suitor, Alfred.

All performances will be sung in English with supertitles projected above the stage. Tickets are $78, $64, and $42. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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