Central Washington University’s award-winning Opera Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will perform Johann Strauss’s flamboyant masterpiece, Die Fledermaus (in English), at the Capitol Theater in Yakima, on April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and April 7 at 2:00 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, located at 19 S. 3rd St, is a 1920s Pantages-style structure that was restored in 1978 after a devastating fire, and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is set in 1850s Vienna, and features some of Strauss’s most recognizable characters and music. It is a rollicking comedy of errors, with mistaken identities, schemes of payback, and social faux pas, all played against the lush backdrop of Strauss’s brilliant score.
Tickets are available online at capitoltheatre.org, or at the Capital Theatre Box Office, 509-853-2787. Tickets may also be purchased at Tickets West at 800-325-7328. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $12 for students with ID.
Opera is an integral part of the training for Central’s vocal and orchestral students, and no fewer than 100 CWU graduate and undergraduate students will participate in bringing this magnificent work to life—on the stage, in the orchestra pit, and in the wings.
Gayla Blaisdell, professor of music—voice, will direct, and Torrance Blaisdell, also a voice instructor at CWU, will produce Die Fledermaus. Nikolas Caoile, professor, music—orchestral studies, will conduct the CWU Chamber Orchestra. Chantell Ray, CWU alumna and adjunct faculty member, is the choreographer for the opera’s dance scenes.