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Die Fledermaus Opens June 30


Santa Fe Opera’s 61st season kicks off with a rollicking new production

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Die Fledermaus bat

June 30, July 5, 8, 14, at 8:30 PM;  August 1, 7, 14, 19, 26 at 8:00 PM

Composed by Johann Strauss II

Sung in English with English dialogue, and Opera Titles in English and Spanish.

A new Santa Fe Opera production. Last performed in 1992.

First performed at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien on April 5, 1874.

Production underwriting support generously provided by The Estate of Suzanne Hanson Poole and Robert & Ellen Vladem.

Die Fledermaus, the greatest example of the Viennese operetta style, centers on a brilliant masked ball, given by a Russian prince, which brings together its main characters. This three-act excursion from bedchamber to ballroom to prison explores both the comic and serious aspects of human emotion. Strauss’ music is glorious from overture to finale. There are wonderful solos, of course, but the ensembles are particularly memorable. There’s the Act I trio, during which the Eisensteins and Adele shed minor-key crocodile tears about their supposed fates, but can’t suppress their excitement about the upcoming champagne-fueled party they soon will attend.

“We’ve set the production in the late 19th century to fully embrace the carnival atmosphere in which the Eisensteins are allowed to break all the rules … but only for a night,” said Director Ned Canty. “And as happens in ‘one crazy night’ stories from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the 1980s cult classic Sixteen Candles, the characters in Die Fledermaus throw themselves into their adventures with gusto, returning to reality the next morning with a renewed appreciation for the life they had all along.”

Conductor: Nicholas Carter*

Director: Ned Canty

Scenic Design: Allen Moyer

Costume Design: Zack Brown

Costume Co-Design: Christianne Myers*

Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

Choreography: Seán Curran

Chorus Master: Susanne Sheston

Gabriel von Eisenstein: Kurt Streit+, tenor a man of private means

Rosalinda: Devon Guthrie+, soprano

Frank: David Govertsen+, baritone

Prince Orlovsky: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Paula Murrihy*+, mezzo-soprano (July 14, August 1)

Alfred: Dimitri Pittas+, tenor

Dr. Falke: Joshua Hopkins, baritone

Adele: Jane Archibald*, soprano

Frosch: Kevin Burdette, bass

*debut, +former Santa Fe Opera Apprentice

Additional Events Surrounding Die Fledermaus

Preview Dinners

Enjoy an opera themed dinner, including wine, at our open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds. A speaker will offer a brief introduction to the evening’s opera during dessert. $66 per person. The Preview Dinner is not offered on June 30.

Prelude Talks

Your road map for that evening’s performance, these talks are complementary to ticket holders and are held in

Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance and the second is one hour before. Please inform us if you would like to pick up your tickets in time to attend a lecture, as we generally open the Media Lounge just one hour before the performance time. Prelude Talks are not offered on June 30, or before the Apprentice Scenes on August 13 and 20.

Backstage Tours

Come discover how an opera production comes together. On our “behind-the-scenes” tour, you will explore many of our production and front-of-house areas. Tours for the 2017 season are offered once daily at 9:00 am, Monday through Friday: May 29, through August 25, 2017. One hour long, meet at the Box Office. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children and young adults up to age 22. Comfortable dress and footwear are recommended.

Ranch Tours

An extended tour of the grounds, known as the “Opera Ranch,” meets at the Box Office at 10:00 am, on June 30th, July 28th and August 25th in 2017, and includes a “Meet the Artist” presentation by one of our apprentice singers. The Ranch Tour is $10.

Opera Insider Days

A free event hosted by The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera on Saturdays (June 3– August 26, 2017). At 8:30 am, join us for coffee, juice and pastries followed by a lively talk about a particular area or opera-related craft from an opera insider, and concluding with a tour of the backstage. For those attending with children, ask about our scavenger hunt.

Family Nights

July 5 and 8 have been designated as Family Nights for Die Fledermaus. Tickets are just $15 for youth (ages 6-22) and $30 for the first two adults ($50 for each additional adult). Call the Box Office at 505.986.5900 to reserve.

The mission of The Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.