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Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II
What's cool about this evening
- This performance is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Joel Revzen, who was to guest conduct this year’s spring opera but passed away due to COVID-19.
- Live performances were canceled last spring due to the pandemic. Scenes were then performed during Tiny Dorm Concerts, but this evening will be the first time to produce the whole opera.
- This night is extra special: to invite you into the concert halls, select performances during the fall semester (like this one) include special intermission content, including virtual artist meet-and-greets, composer interviews, and mini master-classes with top faculty.
About Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus:
Set in the late 1930s in Vienna before World War II, SFCM’s spring opera production of Die Fledermaus follows Gabriel von Eisenstein and his friend, Dr. Falke, through a high-class, champagne-fueled evening before Eisenstein must report to prison. With the world around them in turmoil, Falke persuades Eisenstein to attend a debaucherous soiree—hosted by the Russian Prince Orlofsky—with the complex but light-hearted plan to exact revenge on his friend. Performed in English with a translation by Marcie Stapp and dialogue by Jose Maria Condemi, SFCM’s energetic production features a colorful and dynamic Mondrian-inspired set.
**Abridged version with English lyrics by Marcie Stapp and dialogue by Jose Maria Condemi
Jose Maria Condemi*, director
Curt Pajer*, conductor
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Scenic Design: Steven Kemp
Lighting Design: Matthew Antaky
Costume Design: Nikki Anderson-Joy
Hair and Make-up Design: Heather Sterling
Scenery built by Rooster Productions.
Technical Production: Oaktown Productions
About SFCM’s Opera and Musical Theatre Program:
The SFCM Opera and Musical Theatre program draws exceptionally talented young singers from around the world and provides them with advanced training in vocal style, acting, stage movement, and other essentials of stagecraft. Each year, SFCM produces four fully staged opera and musical theatre productions with full or chamber orchestra. Recent fully staged operas have included L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Mansfield Park, Postcard from Morocco, The Rake’s Progress, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and former faculty composer Conrad Susa’s Transformations. SFCM has hosted workshops for in-development opera projects such as Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Jake Heggie’s Great Scott.
In addition to fully staged productions, a number of scenes, programs, and other performances with piano accompaniment are presented each year. Opera students also have an opportunity to receive coaching from San Francisco Opera music staff, and to participate in productions tailored for school-age audiences in collaboration with San Francisco Opera’s Education Department.
SFCM’s Musical Theatre Workshop provides ensemble experience to singer/actors with an emphasis on American musical theatre, examining one or more musical theatre composers and their works through rehearsals and performance. Recent performances include such works as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, She Loves Me, Company, Little Women, Urinetown, and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!).
Visiting artists have included Ryan Taylor (General Director, Minnesota Opera), Roy Rallo (Stage Director, San Francisco Opera), David Maier (Fight Director, San Francisco Opera), Barbara Scott (Improvisation Technique), Matt Chapman (Laban Technique), and Jose Luis Moscovich (General Director, West Bay Opera).