Die Fledermaus - 2005 Goshen College Opera
In typical – and wonderfully entertaining – operatic fare, the 2005 Goshen College music and theater production of “Die Fledermaus” icluded disguises, celebrations, mistaken identities, masks, a “pants role” and cameo appearances all set to the sparkling lilt of Johann Strauss’s melodies.
The three-act production, directed by Professor of Music Debra Brubaker, was performed in Umble Center on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. The production was really a team effort and involves several campus departments, with Associate Professor of Music John Graulty directing the orchestra and Professor of Theater Doug Liechty Caskey producing the opera.
“Die Fledermaus,” a German word meaning “the bat,” was sung in English. This comedic operetta showcases the extravagant life of upper-crust Vienna in the late 19th century, telling the story of exquisite revenge between good friends – the respected Dr. Falke and his friend Eisenstein – for a prank. Eisenstein had left Falke in the middle of the town square sleeping off the effects of a fancy-dress party – with Falke still dressed in a bat costume. Falke becomes a laughing-stock around town and decides to get revenge. A forthcoming party at Prince Orlofsky’s villa offers the opportunity he has been waiting for.
To read the press release about Die Fledermaus, with a list of the full cast and crew, go here.
Photos by Dustin Combs