LUNENBURG — Maritime Concert Opera is pleased to announce that it will tour the South Shore of Nova Scotia with its in concert production of Strauss’s sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat).

“Spring is finally here on the South Shore, and we have a real treat in store with four performances of one of the most beloved operettas ever written”, said Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart.

Johann Strauss Jr’s classic operetta, Die Fledermaus is a profoundly silly comic story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred on a high-society costume party thrown by Prince Orlofski. Man-about-town Eisenstein is about to be jailed, his wife is being seduced by an old flame, his friend Dr Falke has a plan to exact revenge for a past prank, and everybody wants to go to the party!

“It’s all fun”, says Scott-Stoddart. “Nothing serious about it at all. There are a few of the most famous operetta numbers ever written, especially in the second act, which features non stop hits, including Adele’s Laughing Song, The Csardas and the Champagne chorus”.

This show really puts the “Maritime” into Maritime Concert Opera, too. With the exception of MCO’s favourite tenor, Lenard Whiting as the dashing Eisenstein, all the cast are Maritimers and most of them are Nova Scotians! Hear New Brunswick soprano and Dal grad Beth Hagerman as Rosalinda, Pictou-born tenor Marcel d’Entremont as her lover Alfred and Dartmouth soprano Suzanne Rigden as Rosalinda’s saucy maid Adele, all making their MCO debuts. Pleasantville baritone Lukus Uhlman returns (as Dr. Falke) along with Lunenburger Rob O’Quinn as Frank and MCO’s Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart as Prince Orlovski! Our very own MCO Chorus will be dressed up and singing along as the enthusiastic party guests.

Adding to the fun will be the superb Rhapsody Quintet acting as the orchestra for the Lunenburg performance, thanks to a generous Canada Council grant.

The cast will perform the opera in English translation to make sure the audience doesn’t miss any of the fun.  Music Director Tara Scott will accompany the first three performances and will conduct the Rhapsody Quintet in the Lunenburg show.

MCO debuted in 2003 and has grown to become one of the most successful regional opera companies in the Maritimes, offering performance opportunities to many young singers from the Maritimes and away.


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