Breaking norms. Breaking vows. Breaking free.

Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus

Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 02, 2018

Carol Morsani Hall

handsome man wearing a bat-shaped mask

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We’re gonna party like it’s 1899.

Take a husband on his way to jail, a wife with a wandering eye and a best friend who's been dying to get revenge ever since that embarrassing night at the costume party when he earned the nickname “die fledermaus” (“the bat”). Then, give them unlimited alcohol on New Year’s Eve. So launches the light-hearted, high-blood-alcohol-content revenge comedy that landed Johann “The Blue Danube” Strauss II his place in the operatic canon. This impressively elaborate plot for payback involves copious amounts of champagne, a lawyer named Blind, an alter ego called Chevalier Chagrin and an all’s-well-that-ends-well chorus from the jail lobby on the first day of the new century. Die Fledermaus waltzes its way into the hearts of audiences then settles comfortably into the funny bone. 

Die Fledermaus will be sung in English. Joseph Mechavich will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Meet The Artists

Joseph-Mechavic.jpgGUEST CONDUCTOR
Known for his work with operas around the world, Joseph Mechavich conducted productions of Porgy and Bess for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nixon in China for Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia for The Washington National Opera, Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera, Florencia en el Amazonas for Arizona Opera and Roméo et Juliette for Florida Grand Opera as well as productions for Calgary Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Madison Opera and others. On the concert stage, he has appeared with the Florida Orchestra, The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. His most recent engagements included the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage for Arizona Opera, Turandot for Calgary Opera, as well as Dead Man Walking with Kentucky Opera, Eugene Onegin with the Curtis Institute of Music and Silent Night with Arizona Opera.​


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