“Die Fledermaus” brought to life at Varner Recital Hall

Rachel Williams, Life editor

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Comedy, romance and operatic voices will take the stage this week at Oakland University.  

On May 3, 5, 7 and 8, “Die Fledermaus” will be performed at Varner Recital Hall.  

The opera focuses on the events that transpire at a masked ball and features extravagant costumes, set design and an orchestra.  

“The plot is based on a practical joke played on Gabriel Von Eisenstein and includes an elaborate ball at Prince Orlovsky’s palace, catchy music and lots of laughs,” said cast member Tim Brown.

In the production, Brown takes on the role of an Italian opera singer who attempts to seduce Eisenstein’s wife, Rosalinda.  

“The most rewarding part of working on this production for me has been stepping into a leadership role as one of the more experienced singers in the cast and working to create an environment where my colleagues can feel comfortable and can embrace their individual artistry,” he said.

According to Oakland’s website, “Die Fledermaus” is one of the most popular 19-century Viennese operas.  

“(It) truly represents the Golden Age of the Austrian musical stage,” the website says.   

The cast is entirely made up of students and the orchestra is made up of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra.  

Faculty assisted in the production and led the management team, which was also comprised of students.  

The university puts on one opera per year, which typically runs in either May or January.   

“I hope audience members embrace the humor throughout the show and have fun with us,” Brown said.

All ticket sales go toward the creation of the production. General tickets are $20. Students receive a discount and can purchase tickets for $12.  

The opera will play on Thursday May 5 and Saturday May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday May 8 at 2 p.m.  

For more information on ticket sales and the music, theatre, dance department, visit oakland.edu/mtd.