Opera. Â It brings to mind images of large women wearing horned hats, singing high notes that make glasses break and chandeliers tremble. Â Or, for some of us, opera brings to mind Bugs Bunny in The Rabbit of Seville.
NDSU Opera Theatre, however, is out to challenge these perceptions of opera with their upcoming production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II. Â Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is not tragic, nobody dies, and lovers are not torn apart forever due to cruel fate. Â Instead, Die Fledermaus is a light-hearted story of a friendly practical joke gone somewhat awry. Â It is full of the froth of the Belle Epoch and contains some of Strauss’ most beautiful music and whirling waltzes.
Members of the NDSU Opera Theatre have felt that opera has made an impact on their lives, often long before college. Â They want to share these experiences with you through a series of videos, which will be released weekly through May 2. Â Videos can be found online at What Opera Means To Me.
Die Fledermaus run May 6 at 7:30 PM and May 8 at 2 PM in Festival Concert Hall. Â Tickets can be purchased online at www.ndsu.edu/finearts.