Die Fledermaus

July 9 - July 31, 2022

Raise a glass to this festive operetta filled with lively escapades and sparkling music.

Die Fledermaus

Cheers! To the prankster’s revenge! 

Synopsis By Director Joachim Schamberger

Vienna, Late Nineteenth Century

A while back, Gabriel von Eisenstein played a practical joke on his friend, Dr. Falke. After a costume ball, Eisenstein left Dr. Falke drunk and asleep on a park bench wearing not much more than a bat mask. The next morning, Dr. Falke awoke to find himself being laughed at by a crowd of onlookers. He was soon to be known as Dr. Fledermaus (Dr. Bat). Now the moment has come for “Die Rache der Fledermaus,” or “The revenge of the Bat.”

Act I - Gabriel von Eisenstein’s house

Long before Rosalinde married Eisenstein, she and Alfred had an affair while attending music conservatory. Alfred, still in love with her, is serenading Rosalinde in front of her house and she is having a hard time resisting his advances. Then Adele, a chambermaid, receives a letter from her sister, Ida, inviting her to a party hosted by Prince Orlovsky. Adele pretends her aunt is sick to get out of work, but Rosalinde doesn’t believe her story.

Alfred suddenly hides when Eisenstein comes home with his lawyer, Dr. Blind. Eisenstein has been sentenced to eight days in jail for insulting a police officer. After blaming each other for the jail sentence, Eisenstein kicks Dr. Blind out. Dr. Falke arrives and encourages Eisenstein to delay his prison sentence in order to secretly attend Prince Orlovsky’s party. Dr. Falke convinces him to bring his “lady bait” (a charming little watch) to seduce the women and party like the good old days. Before Dr. Falke leaves, he secretly gives Rosalinde a letter telling her about Eisenstein’s plans and invites her to attend the party disguised as a Hungarian Countess.

Rosalinde gives Adele the night off, Eisenstein says goodbye to his wife, and all three have a hard time hiding their excitement for the upcoming events. Alfred returns for a romantic tête-à-tête with Rosalinde which is interrupted when the prison warden, Frank, and his ward, Frosch, come to escort Eisenstein to jail. To uphold Rosalinde’s reputation, Alfred pretends to be her husband and goes to prison in Eisenstein’s place.

Act II – The Century Ballroom

Act II – The Century Ballroom

Dr. Falke is finalizing party preparations and instructing guests, including Prince Orlovsky and Adele’s sister Ida, to play their role in his practical joke on Eisenstein. Adele shows up in one of Rosalinde’s dresses, but she and Ida worry someone may recognize her. Dr. Falke suggests that Adele be introduced as a young actress, “Miss Olga.” Eisenstein arrives and is announced as “Marquis Renard.” Prince Orlovsky encourages him to partake in some Russian national customs. Then Eisenstein seems to recognize Adele, but she convincingly proves that she could never be a chambermaid.

Frank arrives and is announced as “Chevalier Chagrin,” meets “Marquis Renard” and the two “Frenchmen” quickly become friends. Dr. Falke asks the guests for their discretion as a “Hungarian Countess” will now join the party, but wishes to stay incognito. Eisenstein can’t wait to use his “lady bait” to seduce the mysterious stranger, who is non-other than his own wife. He not only fails to convince Rosalinde to remove her mask, but also loses his watch while trying. Adele and Eisenstein question if the “Countess” is truly Hungarian, but Rosalinde dissolves all doubt by singing the “music from her fatherland.”

After a grand champagne toast, Dr. Falke suggests that all guests pledge eternal brotherhood. The clock strikes 6:00 a.m. and Eisenstein must leave in order to start his jail sentence. Dancing out arm in arm, neither “Marquis Renard” (Eisenstein) nor “Chevalier Chagrin” (Frank) realizes they will soon meet again at the jailhouse.

Act III - The local jail

Alfred, still imprisoned as Eisenstein, has annoyed the jailer Frosch all night by singing opera. Then Frank arrives, still drunk from the party. As he begins to take a nap, Ida and Adele enter and confess that although Adele is really Eisenstein’s chambermaid, she wishes to be an actress and they ask for “Chevalier Chagrin’s” help to further Adele’s career. Eisenstein arrives and is delighted to learn that his friend “Chevalier Chagrin” is none other than Frank. Frank is confused and doubtful that his friend “Marquis Renard” is actually Eisenstein, since “Eisenstein” was already arrested last night before the ball.

Rosalinde arrives to try to get Alfred out of jail. When the lawyer that Alfred had requested enters, it is not Dr. Blind, but Eisenstein in disguise. As Rosalinde and Alfred confess their flirtation, Eisenstein removes his disguise and accuses his wife of infidelity. Rosalinde the reveals the “lady bait” and Eisenstein is shocked to discover Rosalinde was the Hungarian Countess. Dr. Falke arrives with Prince Orlovsky and the party guests to reveal the entire charade was all his idea. Eisenstein receives his wife’s forgiveness and Dr. Falke enjoys “the revenge of the Bat.”

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Die Fledermaus Extras:

  • Free Pre-performance Talks: 45 minutes prior to every 2022 main stage performance, with the exception of July 26. Seating is limited — arrive early.
  • Opening Performance Celebration: Saturday, July 9th.
  • Talkback with the cast and creative team on Sunday, July 17. Learn more »
  • Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee on July 26th is a kid-friendly show followed by a meet & greet. Learn more »
  • View the digital version of the 2022 Festival Program

Performing Artists & Creative Team

AllCastCreative

Hailey Clark

Matthew Plenk

Alisa Jordheim

William Ferguson

Kira Dills-DeSurra

Troy Cook

Curt Olds

Andrew Simpson

Francesca Mehrotra

Nathaniel Catasca

Joachim Schamberger

John Baril

Brandon Eldredge

James P. McGough

Hailey Clark

Central City Opera: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, 2017

Recently: Gerhilde, Die Walküre, Dresden Philharmonic; Alma Beers, Brokeback Mountain, Stadttheater Gießen; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Staatsoper Hannover

Rosalinde:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

Matthew Plenk

Central City Opera: Nemorino, The Elixir of Love with Denver Philharmonic, 2021; Tenor Soloist, Mozart Requiem with Denver Philharmonic, 2019; Ferrando, Così fan tutte, 2017
Recently: Tenor Soloist, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, Cleveland Orchestra; Tenor Soloist. Bruckner’s Te Deum and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Colorado Symphony; Daland’s steersman, Der Fliegende Holländer, RAI National Symphony Orchestra

Alfred:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

Alisa Jordheim

Central City Opera: Gilda, Rigoletto, 2021; Flora, The Turn of the Screw, 2012; Fredrika, A Little Night Music, 2009; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, 2012; Studio Artist, 2010 & 2009

Recently: Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera; Despina, Così fan tutte, San Diego Opera; Erste Zofe, Der Zwerg, George Enescu Festival

Adele:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

William Ferguson

Central City Opera: Enoch Snow, Carousel, 2021; George Gibbs, Our Town, 2013

Recently: Louis Ironson, Angels in America, Salzburger Landestheater; Carter, Fat Pig, Victory Hall Opera; Harlequin, Fête Galante, Bard Music Festival; Candide, Candide, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Gabriel von Eisenstein:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

Kira Dills-DeSurra

Central City Opera: Frida Kahlo, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, 2021-2022; Second Lady, The Magic Flute, 2018; Mercédès, Carmen, 2017; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist 2017 & 2018

Recently:
 Lisette, Steal a Pencil for Me, Opera Colorado (professional recording), 2022; Rosina (cover), The Barber of Seville, Opera Colorado, 2019; Diana / Giove in Diana, La Calisto, Opera Neo, 2019

Prince Orlofsky:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Troy Cook

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, 2019; Germont, La traviata, 2015; Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music, 2014

Recently: Marcello, La bohème, Spoleto Festival USA; Mark Torrance, The Shining, Opera Colorado; Tom, Fat Pig, Victory Hall Opera; Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madison Opera

Dr. Falke:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Curt Olds

Central City Opera: (partial listing) Director/Curator/Soloist, Encore: A Musical Revue, 2018 & 2019; Frank, Show Boat, 2013; Will Parker,Oklahoma!, 2012; Past Bonfils-Stanton Studio and Apprentice Artist

Recently: The Emcee, Cabaret, Atlanta Opera; Major-General Stanley, Pirates of Penzance, Atlanta Opera; Pangloss, Candide, Arizona Opera; Monsieur Andre, The Phantom of the Opera, World Tour

Roy Johnson:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Frosch:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Gad Beck:Two Remain (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Andrew Simpson

Central City Opera: Count Ceprano, Rigoletto, 2021; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, 2021; Studio Artist, 2019 & 2014

Recently: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Florida Grand Opera; First Soldier, Salome, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Angelotti, Tosca, Virginia Opera

Frank:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Francesca Mehrotra

Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Recently: Atalanta, Serse, Opera NEO; Mukhtar Mai, Thumbprint, Boston Conservatory; Norina, Don Pasquale, Boston Conservatory

Ida:Die Fledermaus (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Nathaniel Catasca

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Recently: Javier Moreno, Luisa Fernanda, Florentine Opera Company; Matteo Borsa, Rigoletto, Florentine Opera Company; Charlie, Little Mahagonny, Florentine Opera Company

Dr. Blind:Die Fledermaus (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Joachim Schamberger

Joachim Schamberger has gained great acclaim as an international stage director and video designer. His productions have appeared in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Brazil, Norway, Israel, Japan and China. In addition to directing and designing, Schamberger is an avid opera educator.  He has joined the Bienen School of Music as Director of Opera in the Fall of 2017 and is on faculty at many young artist festivals and guest lectures at conservatories throughout the world.  He also served as Visiting Professor of Opera at DePauw University from 2011-2017. 

Recent productions include Verdi’s Il Trovatore for Central City Opera, Dog Days and Orfeo remote (an opera-film mini series) for Northwestern, Carmen with Chicago Opera Theater. Upcoming shows are Die Fledermaus with Central City Opera and a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre with Virginia Opera.

A native of Germany, Schamberger is a graduate of the Musikhochschule in Würzburg, the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim, and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera. He studied digital film production and 3-D animation at the New York Film Academy.

Director:Die Fledermaus (2022)

John Baril

Central City Opera Music Director

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Rigoletto, 2021; Billy Budd, 2019; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Il trovatore, 2018

Recently: Rigoletto, Shreveport Opera; Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Les pêcheurs de perles, Toledo Opera

Conductor:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Co-Conductor:Two Remain (2022)

Brandon Eldredge

Central City Opera: Associate Conductor/Chorus Master, Carousel and Rigoletto, 2021; Conductor, Dido and Aeneas, 2021

Recently: Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, Le nozze di FigaroThree DecembersDas Rheingold, Virginia Opera; Co-Conductor, La Bohème, Virginia Opera; Associate Conductor, The Sound of Music, Virginia Arts Festival; Cover Conductor, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Co-Conductor:Two Remain (2022)

Associate Conductor/Chorus Master:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Associate Conductor/Chorus Master:Die Fledermaus (2022)

James P. McGough

Central City Opera Debut

Recently: Resident Wig/Makeup Designer, Virginia Opera, 1998 - 2022; Wig and Makeup Artist, Porgy and Bess, Eugene Onegin, Pia de Tolomei, Spoleto Festival USA (2017 - 2019); Wig and Makeup Designer, Turandot, Carmen, La Traviata, Atlanta Opera, 2017 - 2019

Resident Wig/Makeup Designer and Supervisor:2022 Festival

*Please note: The July 19th performance of Die Fledermaus will be conducted by Associate Conductor Brandon Eldredge.

Performance Location

Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427

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2022 Festival

Composer

Johann Strauss Jr. 

Librettists:

Karl Haffner and Richard Genée

Sung In

German (with English dialogue)

Run Time

2 hours, 39 minutes
with one 20-minute intermission