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GSOV presents Die Fledermaus - Darebin Arts Centre

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(THE BAT) with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra (GSOV).

What do you get when you add opera, an orchestra, acting and dance? An operetta, and that's exactly what Die Fledermaus is. It's also the German translation for "The Bat".

Composed by Johann Strauss Junior, with a live orchestra, period costumes from the 1800s, singing, waltzing and a gay and witty libretto, this joyful work of genius has not been performed in Melbourne for nearly a decade.

The story is set on New Year's Eve in Vienna in 1899. Divided into 3 acts, it starts off in the living room of Gabriel von Einstein's villa just outside the outskirts of Vienna.

In Act 2, we are taken to the Terrance of Orloskys Villa, the Russian Prince. This is where the disguises and excessive champagne drinking begins.

In the last act at the country jail the next morning, the revenge of the bat, all is forgiven and the opera ends with more champagne and revelry.

Die Fledermaus was my very first operetta experience held at Darebin Arts Centre in Preston. It is a story of revenge, deception, infidelity, disguises, imprisonment and waltzes! But also dramatic, intense, witty and humorous.

This demands the best bona fide opera singers in this challenging performance. Multi-talented soprano Lana Lowry plays Rosalinda, Eisenstein's beautiful wife. She began her singing career in musical theatre. There is also Jane Magao, who plays the parlour maid Adele, A Melbourne based soprano, she has won many prestigious scholarships and a finalist in the 2018 National Liederfest.

The charming and seducing Alfredo, played by Stephen Carolane, and Finn Gilheany (Gabriel von Eisenstein) are both tenors and have performed in many challenging roles.

Cast, accompanied by a full ensemble includes:

LANA LOWRY as Rosalinda
FINN GILHEANY as Gabriel von Eisenstein
RON PIDCOCK as Frosch, the Jailer
MARISSA ECONOMO as Prince Orlovsky
RON MACK as Dr Blind

Musical Direction by ALAN COOK
Staging and Direction by ROBERT RAY

It will be one of the highlights of the Melbourne opera-going year in 2019. So come and drink some champagne, champagne, champagne! with me!
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Why? Die Fledermaus is perhaps the most successful operetta ever written.
Phone: 8470 8280
Where: Darebin Arts Centr, Cnr St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston
Cost: From $39 concession, $45 adult
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