Opera Wilmington presents Die Fledermaus

This coming summer, Opera Wilmington is thrilled to bring you 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!

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.

We’ll introduce you to our Opera Wilmington Orchestra members very soon. Stay tuned, as we say!

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.
  • Performances of Die Fledermaus will take place Friday, July 20, Sunday, July 22, Friday, July 27 and Sunday, July 29. Friday performances are at 7 p.m.; Sundays are 3 p.m. matinées. Tickets are available through UNCW’s Kenan Box Office at 910 962-3500 Monday-Friday from 2-6 p.m. or online here.
  • Back by popular demand is the beer and food truck night July 27. A celebratory party for cast and attendees follows our final performance July 29.
  • Die Fledermaus will be 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.

Behind the Scenes with Opera Wilmington!

Tour the set, visit the costume shop and see how an opera production takes shape! On Saturday, July 14, Opera Wilmington opens its (back) doors to give you a sneak peek at our preparations for Die Fledermaus. You will also meet the cast, learn a song and get a preview of the show. And, we are excited to announce, you’ll meet some of the cutest and most obedient dogs on the planet: the recipients of our Dress Your Dog Like a Bat awards!

Behind the Scenes takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cultural Arts Building MainStage Theater, 5270 Randall Drive, on the UNCW campus. It’s free, and fun for all ages! We hope to see you there.





Dress Your Dog Like a Bat Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We know people love their dogs, and enjoy dressing them up for holidays and special events. And dogs love to please their people. But, face it, your pooch has probably never had the thrill of impersonating a bat!

Opera Wilmington is inviting you and Fifi or Fido to get into the spirit of our upcoming production, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat). Create a bat costume for your pet, coax him or her into it, and snap a couple of photos, making sure you get the best angles. In the photo above, Bingo the Bat Dog is modeling good behavior.

Send your photos electronically (3 shots maximum) to info@operawilmington.org, with your dog’s name, your name and your contact information and permission for us to post the photo(s) with the dog’s name only on our website and Facebook page. Your name and contact information will remain known to Opera Wilmington only.

Because Bingo and his request for entries just appeared in the Wilmington StarNews, we’ve extended the deadline for submissions until WEDNESDAY, July 11 at 5 p.m. That week, a panel of judges will determine the three best costumes. We will present the winners at our “Behind the Scenes” sneak preview on Saturday, July 14.

Questions? Please email us at info@operawilmington.org.

Here’s Benny the Bat Dog:               Bijou the Bat:


“Blind as a . . . ” Dexter

Opera Camp!

For the second summer, Opera Wilmington welcomed young singers and performers to its Opera Camp. Participants helped paint the chandelier for Die Fledermaus‘s big party scene, decorated their costumes, learned all about stage presence and memorized TWO opera arias and one complex medley of Disney songs. Their performance on June 30 wowed the audience.

Look for this talented troupe as part of Act II of Die Fledermaus! You won’t want to miss their special appearance.

Opera Camp is designed for rising 6th- through rising 9th graders. Our third annual magical week is scheduled for June 2019.

Details and contact information will be announced in the spring of 2019.

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