For 35 years Nashville Opera has entranced audiences with always passionate and often playful presentations. Now comes its 100th production as the acclaimed and award-winning ensemble brings Johann Strauss II’ Die Fledermaus to Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall April 7 and 9.
From Strauss, aka “King of the Waltz,” comes the most popular comic operetta ever written. Based on a French farce (by way of Vienna), this madcap comic production that premiered in 1874 has been described as “The Marx Brothers meet The Carol Burnett Show” by critics and audiences alike. Featuring elaborate sets, costumes, and split-second timing – and filled throughout with the magic and effervescent music of the glorious Viennese waltz – Die Fledermaus offers an unforgettable night of splendid music, thrilling singing, and side-splitting comedy.
“Die Fledermaus will always have a special place in my heart because it is such a wonderful work and it was the first opera I directed in Nashville when I joined the company” says John Hoomes, Nashville Opera’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Die Fledermaus is a brilliant work with its lush waltzes, precise comic timing, and intricate arias. Staging it over twenty years ago represented an important milestone in our company history as it was a catalyst for establishing Nashville Opera as a significant American opera company.”
The cast of Die Fledermaus includes internationally-acclaimed principal artists includes soprano Carla Thelen Hanson as Rosalinda, baritone Corey McKern as Eisenstein, soprano Lindsay Russell as Adele, tenor Richard Troxell as Alfred, baritone Kyle Pfortmiller as Dr. Falke, baritone Eric McKeever as Frank, tenor Todd Barnhill as Dr. Blind, mezzo-soprano Katherine Sanford as Prince Orlofsky, soprano Lacy Sauter as Sally and Brian Russell as Ivan and Frosch.
Troxell will be making his Nashville Opera debut in the roll of Alfred. His lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, L’Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, Opéra de Montréal, National Theater for the Performing Arts Beijing, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Philadelphia. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite. Away from the stage, Richard appeared with Garrison Keillor on his show A Prairie Home Companion when he was in Minnesota appearing at the opera. Baseball fans have not been denied the opportunity to hear Troxell for eight years in a row as he has sung The Star Spangled Banner at the Opening Day ceremonies in Camden Yards for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
In collaboration with the Nashville Fashion Alliance, renowned local clothing designer Eric Adler will debut four distinct outfits he created for Sanford in her role as Prince Orlofsky. The part is a traditional “pants role” (a male character that is sung by a female.)
Under the artistic leadership of Hoomes since 1995, Nashville Opera has garnered national attention for its eclectic mix of traditional operas coupled with artistically significant yet seldom-seen works. New York City Opera announced Hoomes will restage his critically-acclaimed production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center this June as the final work of their 2016 season. Additionally, Nashville Opera revealed its third world premiere to season ticket buyers this past February: Robert Paterson and David Cote’s Three Way. The three one-act works will first be seen by Nashville audiences as part of the company’s recently announced 2016-17 season before travelling to the famed Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fishman Space for its New York debut in June of 2017.
To See The Production
TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick St. Performances are at Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM and Saturday, April 9 at 8 PM. Hoomes directs the production with Maestro Dean Williamson conducting the Nashville Opera Orchestra. Amy Tate Williams, accompanist and chorusmaster, leads the 24-member Nashville Opera Ensemble. Hoomes will present the popular Opera Insights discussion one hour before curtain on the Orchestra Level and admission is free to all ticket holders. Die Fledermaus is sung in English with easy-to-read projected English supertitles.
Tickets start at $26 and are available by calling Nashville Opera at (615) 832-5242, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Box Office at (615) 782-4040 or online by clicking here. Si desea comprar entradas para eventos en el TPAC y necesita ayuda en español, por favor llame al 1-800-664- 8941. A limited number of “pay-what-you-can” seats may be purchased directly from Nashville Opera’s main offices at the Noah Liff Opera Center in Sylvan Heights for a minimum suggested donation of $5. Additionally, a 20 percent group discount is available with the purchase of 10 or more seats for either performance.
The Nashville Opera Guild will host a Die Fledermaus themed dinner prior to the Saturday, April 9 performance at the Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis offices in the Nashville City Center (511 Union St.). Reservations for that dinner are available by calling Nashville Opera at (615) 832-5242.
*Images of Carla Thelen Hanson, Kyle Pfortmiller, Corey McKern and Lindsay Russell by Reed Hummell courtesy Nashville Opera.