Collaborative performance to modernize Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus”

This weekend the campus and community will have the opportunity to experience a modern version of Johann Strausss classical operetta Die Fledermaus.

Held in Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall the performance is a part of the Sam Houston State Universitys opera workshop class and will involve the dance, film and music departments.

It is kind of a look into the past and future. Emliy Eisterhold, vocal music education major and performer in the opera. We have incorporated many modern things into the show and have made it to where other people can really appreciate it.

Die Fledermaus first premiered in 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The play centers around a ball hosted by Prince Orlofsky and attended by Einstein. Folke, Einsteins friend plots to use the ball as a setting for a revenge plot, but everything doesnt go as planned in this comedy.

This performance is a unique collaboration among the music, dance, and film departments. Some film students have helped with videos that will be displayed throughout the performance and in the intermissions. The videos are aimed to help modernize and relate the audience to the opera.

It is going to be this huge variety of awesome talent and we are just really excited, Eisterhold said.

The opera is on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for SHSU students with their ID. For more information, call the School of Music at 936-294-1360, or for tickets, 936-29-2339.

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