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Our audiences loved Opera Wilmington’s production of Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus in July 2018. This beloved comic work, performed in English, spun a web of mistaken identity, disguise, intrigue and a purloined pocket watch. The photos below will show you the lavish costumes and skilled acting of our terrific cast. What the pictures can’t do, of course, is to allow you to hear the superb quality of our singers and orchestra. To do that, you’ll have to join us for one of our future productions!

Die Fledermaus featured tenor Joshua Collier as Gabriel Von Eisenstein, soprano Shannon Kessler Dooley as Rosalinde, baritone John Dooley as Dr. Falke, mezzo-soprano Cera Finney as Prince Orlofsky, Michelle Lerch as Adele, Melvin Ezzell as Alfred, Jeffrey Jones as Frank and Gina Gambony as Frosch.

What they said . . .

Audiences loved our production of Die Fledermaus. Overheard after performances:

“This is Opera Wilmington’s best yet!”

“I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.”

And the critics also raved. Here are two excerpts:

” . . . I am not as conversant in operatic repertoire as Nancy King, artistic director of Opera Wilmington. However, I am an eager and enthusiastic novice—and for me this evening was delightful. Or as one patron commented repeatedly in the lobby: ‘So much fun!’

“Yes, indeed.

“There are many people who are intimidated by live opera, but don’t be. Go see Die Fledermaus for a fun, approachable, enjoyable  experience.”

Gwenyfar Rohler, Encore Magazine.

“Opera Wilmington is solidifying its position as one of the Port City’s most successful performing groups. It is now formally affiliated with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and this year’s series of four performances is a centerpiece of UNCW’s expanded Lumina Festival.

“The opera for this year is Die Fledermaus (The Bat), the waltz and polka-filled operetta by Johann Strauss, Jr. It may be Opera Wilmington’s best production yet . . .  The cast was consistently strong.”

Barry Salwen, CVNC  ~ Online arts journal in North Carolina

And here are a few photos of our earlier stagings:

In Summer 2014, the company’s sold-out debut production, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, garnered rave reviews and an outpouring of community enthusiasm.


This success was followed by acclaimed productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto in Summer 2015 (declared “a triumph” by the Star News)


and Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Summer 2016. Following a preview performance of Così fan tutte, statewide arts journal Classical Voice of North Carolina noted: “Opera Wilmington is making a great contribution to the region in presenting live opera of high artistic quality. It is a testament to the many people supporting this mission – and to the growing, developing Wilmington public – that it is succeeding splendidly.”


Opera Wilmington continued its record of artistic excellence and uncompromising production value with its much-anticipated Summer 2017 production of Bizet’s Carmen, the most beloved masterpiece of the entire operatic repertoire.


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