‘Die Fledermaus’ lands at ASU

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Article Published: Nov. 14, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 16, 2013

Student musicians from Appalachian State University’s Opera Theatre at the Hayes School of Music will perform “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr. Nov. 14 and 15.

Performances will take place in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on campus. The performance will last approximately two hours with two brief intermissions. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday night. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the general public.

Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre and Schaefer Center box offices or by calling (828) 262-4046 or (828) 262-3063.

“Die Fledermaus is a fast-paced comedy of errors that translates seamlessly to any time and place — in this case, modern day Blowing Rock,” said director John Fowler, a member of the voice faculty in the Hayes School of Music.

“Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) is an operetta with a story rooted in French vaudeville and German farce. It was first seen in 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria, and has been hugely popular ever since. This production will be sung in English.

“Strauss’s score is Viennese operetta at its very best, with non-stop fun for audiences and an exciting opportunity for students to be challenged by a combination of virtuoso singing and straight theater in a way that doesn’t happen in any other genre,” Fowler said.

“Die Fledermaus” will be conducted by Dr. Chung Park and accompanied by Aaron Ames and Dr. Hiu-Wah Au in a new duo piano arrangement of the score by Ames.

Performances are double cast, with different students performing the lead roles in alternating performances.

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