Opera Wilmington presents Die Fledermaus


This week, Opera Wilmington is thrilled to bring you the final two performances Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus. This beloved comic work, performed in English, spins a web of mistaken identity, disguise, intrigue and a purloined pocket watch. The plot takes place in 19th century Vienna and will include the most entertaining Wilmington party of 2018, with unannounced guests showing up!

Remaining performances of Die Fledermaus are Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are available through UNCW’s Kenan Box Office at 910 962-3500 Monday-Friday from noon-6 p.m. or online here. (Save yourself some grief and see tips for purchasing tickets, below)

This summer’s production features 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.

Other details about this summer’s production:

  • Again this summer, Opera Wilmington’s fully staged opera production is a prominent part of UNCW’s Lumina Festival of the Arts, which runs from July 11 to 29, 2018 and includes a sparkling array of performing arts offerings.
  • Back by popular demand is Beer and Food Truck Night, starting at 6 p.m. prior to our July 27 performance. A celebratory party for cast and attendees follows our July 29 matinée.
  • Die Fledermaus is performed in the MainStage Theater, Cultural Arts Building, on the UNCW campus. View a map of the campus (the Cultural Arts Building is shown as CA on the map). Free parking is available in two adjacent lots.

If you would like more information about Die Fledermaus, email info@operawilmington.org.


We’ve heard from some frustrated folks who have encountered electronic road bumps, and hope that the following information will be helpful.

1. The least expensive way to purchase tickets for our productions is to call the Kenan Box Office (910 962-3500) during their hours of operation. This week, those hours are noon to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you call the box office to order tickets, there is no ticket fee and Will Call services are free of charge.

2. One hour prior to curtain time this Friday, July 27th and Sunday, July 29th, the box office in the Cultural Arts Building will be open and available for sales and Will Call pickup.

3. If you use the internet to purchase tickets through our website by clicking on the link above, you can select your performance and your seats, but you will be charged an online convenience fee per ticket and a $2 Will Call fee. Your least expensive option, in purchasing online, is to choose “Print Tickets at Home.” There is no charge for that.

4. There also is no charge to choose “mobile phone” to purchase tickets but you will have to first download Vendini’s Walletini app and register it like any other app on your smart phone. This can be a tedious process; we apologize.

This payment option, while letting you purchase tickets at any time no matter where you are, also involves the convenience fee as well as the Will Call fee.

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