Shepherd University Music proudly presents the return of full-length opera productions to the Frank Arts Center stage with Johann Strauss's comic operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
The last full-length opera to be performed on stage on the Shepherd University campus was Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in 2002 in Reynolds Hall.
Shepherd's new Director of Vocal Activities and Department Chair Dr. Rob Tudor will lead this year's comic opera as stage and music director. Dr. Tudor brings to Shepherd over 15 years' experience directing opera and musical theater like Chess, The Apple Tree, Ragtime and The Gondoliers. "This operetta is perfect for this time of year. It is performed traditionally in the winter because it's such a bright and uplifting production.
Die Fledermaus offers lively waltzes, festive dancing, grand pranks, beautiful costumes and mistaken identities in a way that the whole family will enjoy during the interior months." Shepherd students and a few select community members have been rehearsing since Jan. 2 to bring this light-hearted story to life on the stage and with the orchestra.
Admission and seating for Die Fledermaus is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $15, $10 for faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens and students 18 and under and free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music Gold and Silver MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.