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.
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.
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.