Department of Music Presents GMU Opera Production of A Fledermaus Fete!

Posted: December 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

From the delightful “Champagne Chorus” during the ebullient ball at Orolofsky’s villa in Die Fledermaus, to the lavish soiree Violetta throws to forget her grave illness in La Traviata, party scenes are associated with the great operas of the world and are popular with audiences everywhere. The GMU Opera Company, one of the Department of Music’s performing arts ensembles, will present an evening of vignettes depicting merriment and romance on the opera stage. A Fledermaus Fete! will be performed on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. in Harris Theatre on the Fairfax Campus.

This GMU Opera production is under the supervision of Music Department faculty member Carla Rae Cook, an acclaimed mezzo-soprano who recently performed with Washington National Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera. The conductor is Stanley Engebretson, professor of music and artistic director for the National Philharmonic Chorale. Rick Davis, associate dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment, handles the stage direction. The music director is Michael Crabill.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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