Baylor Opera Theater Presents 'Die Fledermaus'Jan. 25, 2016
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 25, 2016) – Baylor Opera Theater will put on four performances of "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II from Wednesday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, Jan. 30.
All four showings take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
"Die Fledermaus" is an 1874 operetta whose comedic plot is complete with a lavish ball, a slew of disguises and mistaken identities.
Octavio Cardenas, the director of the Baylor Opera program in Baylor's School of Music, described why "Die Fledermaus" was chosen for this year's opera performance.
"This is a training institution, so the first thing we need is to see what we have as far as students, then we have to accommodate their degree of development vocally and artistically and find a piece that can use the most students," Cardenas said. "In this case, we found 'Die Fledermaus' could make use of most of the people involved in the program, and it's a good piece for young voices."
In preparing for "Die Fledermaus," students practiced singing, acting and dialogue, and also learned to sing the music in German. Songs that are performed in German will have English subtitles.
"I'm looking forward to opening night, seeing the fruition of all the work we have put into this for almost six months, from the moment we started designing to now, seeing all the elements together," Cardenas said. "All forms of art are important, but opera has something special. It makes use of all forms of art. You have music, voice, dancing, acting, set designs, lighting, painting…it’s a combination of all of the art forms in one art form. So that, to me, is why opera can be very powerful."
The opera students began music rehearsals at the end of October and started staging the opera in the middle of November, so this week's performances are the culmination of months of hard work.
"For somebody who is coming to see their first opera, this is a great opera for beginners, because all the melodies are catchy and if people are familiar with the waltzes by Strauss, all the big hits are in this opera. It's comedy, and it'll be funny," Cardenas said.
Tickets, which are $10 for students and $15 for the general public, can be purchased from the Baylor University Department of Theater Arts box office at 254-710-1865 or online at www.baylor.edu/theatre. The Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is located at 60 Baylor Ave., Waco, TX 76706.
by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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