Andrew Jackson Hall, TPAC | April 7 and 9
by Ara Vito
Rousing melodies, quick-witted comedy, champagne, and royalty: an ideal combination that can be found in Nashville Opera’s upcoming production of Die Fledermaus. From famed composer Johann Strauss, widely recognized for his lilting, spirited waltzes, comes the elaborate masterpiece that will be directed by the CEO and Artistic Director of the Nashville Opera, John Hoomes, and conducted by the Music Director, Maestro Dean Williamson. The Nashville Opera Ensemble will be led by Accompanist and Chorusmaster Amy Tate Williams, and the production features a cast of critically acclaimed artists, whose credits include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Florentine Opera, and Opera Naples.
This operetta is set in 19th-century Vienna and centers around a masquerade party held in the palace of a prince, highlighting the many scandals and misunderstandings that befall the nobility in attendance. The fast-paced comedic style of the show is based in French farce and has been described by critics as “The Marx Brothers meet the Carol Burnett show.” True to the tradition of the Nashville Opera, this production promises to be accessible to a wide range of Music City audiences. It will be sung in English, with additional subtitles to ensure that no one misses a word of the intrigue.
The performances of Die Fledermaus will be on Thursday, April 7, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall and will run 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two 20-minute intermissions. One hour prior to curtain each night, John Hoomes will give an Opera Insights preview talk that will provide an insider’s view of the production process. The cast features tenor John Easterlin, soprano Carla Thelen Hanson, baritone Corey McKern, soprano Lindsay Russell, tenor Todd Barnhill, soprano Lacy Sauter, actor Brian Russell, and baritone Eric McKeever.
Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased in advance to ensure admittance to this final opera of the 2015–16 season through the Nashville Opera Box Office or the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Box Office. For more information, visit www.nashvilleopera.org.