Live opera performance in Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Maritime Concert Opera will tour southern Nova Scotia with its in-concert production of Strauss's operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat), and will stop in Wolfville on June 17.

Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddard says Johann Strauss Jr's classic operetta is a profoundly silly comic story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred on a high-society costume party thrown by Prince Orlofsky.  

Man-about-town Eisenstein is about to be jailed, his wife is being seduced by an old flame, his friend Dr. Falke has a plan to exact revenge for a past prank and everybody wants to go to the party.

"It's all fun," says Scott-Stoddart. "Nothing serious about it at all. There are a few of the most famous operetta numbers ever written, especially in the second act, which features non-stop hits, including Adele's Laughing Song, the Csardas and the Champagne chorus."

This show really puts the ‘Maritime’ into Maritime Concert Opera, too. With the exception of tenor Lenard Whiting as the dashing Eisenstein, all the cast are Maritimers and most of them are Nova Scotians. New Brunswick soprano and Dal grad Beth Hagerman is Rosalinda, Pictou County-born tenor Marcel d'Entremont is her lover Alfred, Dartmouth soprano Suzanne Rigden is Rosalinda's saucy maid Adele and Halifax tenor John Lindsay-Botten is Dr. Blind, all making their MCO debuts.

Pleasantville baritone Lukus Uhlman returns as Dr. Falke, along with Lunenburger Rob O'Quinn as Frank and Scott-Stoddart as Prince Orlofsky.  The MCO Chorus will be dressed up and singing along as the enthusiastic party guests.

The cast will perform the opera in English translation to make sure the audience doesn’t miss any of the fun. Music director Tara Scott will accompany the first three performances.

The performance at Wolfville Baptist Church is June 17 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 16 and under, at the door only.  

Tickets are also available through Eventbrite or call 634-4280 to reserve tickets for these performances.  

Organizations: The Bat, Champagne chorus, Wolfville Baptist Church

Geographic location: Wolfville, Southern Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Pictou County Dartmouth

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