Johann Strauss Jr.’s
Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
This comedic masterpiece of mistaken identities and amorous double-dealing is sure to entertain and charm audiences young and old alike. Die Fledermaus features a sparkling musical score full of beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration.
Music by Johann Strauss II
Original German Libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
English Version by Ruth and Thomas Martin
Performed in English with supertitles
|Artistic Director and Conductor||GERARD FLORIANO|
|Stage Director||GARY JOHN LA ROSA|
|Scenic Designer||JEFFERSON RIDENOUR|
|Costume Designer||MARY FARMER|
|Lighting Designer||NIC MINETOR|
|Chorus Master||JASON ALEXANDER HOLMES|
|Production Stage Manager||NICK LOWEREE|
Elena O’Connor, as Rosalinde
A Rochester native, Ms O’Connor made her European debut last June with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in the title role of Tosca. The following month she was called as a last-minute cover for Sondra Radvanovsky as the title role in Aida at the Chorégies D’Orange Festival; in August she appeared in both performances of Paul-Émile Fourny’s production on the stage of Orange’s 7,300-seat ancient Roman theater alongside tenor Marcelo Álvarez, led by Paolo Arrivabeni.
Jonathan Michie, as Eisenstein
Mr. Michie holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Praised for his “vocal mastery and theatrical panache” (San Francisco Chronicle), Mr. Michie is returning to the ensemble of Oper Leipzig for the 2017-18 season, reprising his characterizations of Papegeno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Ping in Turandot and Le conseiller de Thou in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars.
Cree Carrico, as Adele
Soprano Cree Carrico is an emerging singing actress quickly gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21st century works. This season, Cree will perform the role of Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld with New Orleans Opera, the role of Esther in Morning Star with On Site Opera, and will return to her role in JFK with Opera de Montreal.
Bray Wilkins, as Alfred
Mr. Wilkins is often praised for his sweet, romantic, and balanced sonority, which combined with his natural simpatico and sincere musicality, make him a consistent audience favorite. In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Wilkins sang Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Mobile Opera and returned to Opera Company of Middlebury to perform Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. Last season in Middlebury he appeared as Pong in Turandot, and with Little Opera Theatre of New York he sang Micah in Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk.
Clara Nieman, as Orlofsky
Praised by Opera News for her “striking mezzo,” Ms. Nieman returns to Kentucky Opera in 2017-18 as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and debuts with St. Petersburg Opera as Annina in La Traviata. Clara will also return to the Lexington Philharmonic as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, debuts with Bourbon Baroque singing Handel arias, and will join the Louisville Master Chorale for a concert of opera favorites.
Jorell Williams, as Dr. Falke
Praised by the New York Times as “magnificent” and “rich-toned”, Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces. This season, Mr. Williams returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival in a remount of On-Site Opera’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and begins the 2018-2019 season in Menotti’s The Medium with Victory Hall Opera, followed by the American premiere of composer Frank London and librettist Elise Thoron’s Cuban/Yiddish Opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with Peak Performances and Music-Theatre Group. He is the 2018 winner of the Rochester Idol XII Competition.
Daveed Buzaglo, as Dr. Blind
Noted for his “subtly inflected tenor phrasing” by the Berkshire Eagle, Daveed Buzaglo is a highly versatile up and coming performer. Equally comfortable in the recital hall and on the operatic stage, Daveed has held residencies with some of the most prestigious festivals in the country including Songfest, where he was named a prestigious Schubert Fellow, two seasons as a young artist with Opera NEO, the tenor in residence for the Bach Institute with Emmanuel Music in Boston, and a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where he worked side by side with artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming and Sanford Sylvan.
Eric McKeever, as Frank
Hailed by Opera Magazine (UK) for possessing a “voice of darkness and clarity,” Mr. McKeever’s current season includes covering Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera, his Anchorage Opera debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, joining Opera Western Reserve as Jake in Porgy and Bess and returning to Florentine Opera as The Speaker in The Magic Flute. No stranger to the music scene in New York, he sings Charlie in Kamala Sankaram’s techo-noir opera Looking at You at BRIC Arts and appears in The Theft of a Smile (a Rossini pastiche) with the Hudson Guild Theatre.
Gregory Ludek, as Ivan
Gregory Ludek has appeared in more than 100 stage productions locally since 1991 including The Sound of Music (Max), Oliver! (Sikes), Cyrano de Bergerac (1st Cadet), Romeo and Juliet (Lord Montague), Kiss Me, Kate! (Fred/Petrucchio), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Rev. Tooker), Side Show (Reptile Man), Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Annie (Rooster), Waiting For Godot (Vladimir), The King and I (King), A Moon For the Misbegotten (Jim), The Duchess of Malfi (Delio), The Importance of Being Earnest (Dr. Chasuble) and Glengarry Glenn Ross (Baylen). Love to Doris, Em and Audrey. Thanks to all at FLO and to you, as well.
Carl Del Buono, as Frosch
Carl Del Buono is a proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) and is thrilled to be making his FLO debut! Favorite Regional Credits: MY FAIR LADY (Ensemble/Quartet) Merry-Go-Round, LITTLE WOMEN (Prof. Bhaer) Blackfriars Theatre, THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie) JCC CenterStage, ROMEO AND JULIET (Friar Laurence) WallByrd Theatre Co. ANGELS IN AMERICA (Prior) Method Machine @ Geva’s NextStage. MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Claudio) Shakespeare Players of Rochester.