The U of L Opera Workshop joins forces with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and Vox Musica to present Fledermaus – The Opera Ball, directed by Blaine Hendsbee and conducted by Glenn Klassen on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm at Southminster United Church.
Revel in the music of Johann Strauss, ‘The Waltz King,’ and the world’s most famous and beloved Viennese operetta. Be transported to a lavish costume ball in 1920s Vienna, where they dance the night away amid dazzling singing, mistaken identities, and rollicking comic subterfuge. This fully staged production, with beautiful sets and costumes, is sung entirely in English with spoken dialogue, so you won’t miss a single joke. It is sure to be a most entertaining evening of fun!
Staging a full-length opera is a massive undertaking that involves countless hours of work behind the scenes by costume designers, set designers, lighting experts, the stage director and stage manager, as well as musicians, vocalists, and conductor. Holding the production in Southminster United Church has its own challenges. The stage must accommodate the action, singers, and musicians. “Having the orchestra onstage means they are totally connected and drawn into the action, which makes it a more fulfilling experience for them,” says Glenn. “Audiences can enjoy unamplified singers in a friendly acoustic space,” says Blaine.
Audience members are invited to join the LSO Board of Directors at a Pre-Concert Reception in the Southminster United Church Hall beginning at 7 pm. Immediately after the concert, join Glenn Klassen and Blaine Hendsbee for Afterthoughts in the Lounge at Southminster United Church, a post-concert conversation that offers patrons the opportunity to learn what they have always wanted to know about preparing and performing a concert.
Call the LSO office for tickets: 403-328-6808 ext. 102.