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OCU Presents Strauss’ Operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’

Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music will perform Johann Strauss II’s most celebrated operetta, “Die Fledermaus.” Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 with a 3 p.m. matinee in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder.

“From the sparkling overture to the masquerade ball to the bubbly tribute to Champagne, this masterpiece is the jewel of the golden age of operetta,” Professor of Music and Director of Opera and Music Theater, David Herendeen said. “There’s good reason “Die Fledermaus” has never left the active repertory since its debut in 1874 – it’s revenge served with Champagne, elevating light opera into another realm of sophistication.”

Prof. Jan McDaniel will conduct the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company Orchestra. The production features set design by Prof. Lawrence Heyman, lighting design by Nicholas Villemarette, and original costumes by Prof. Rachel Barnett, all of the OCU School of Theatre’s Design and Production program.

OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, the nation’s longest-running collegiate-based opera and music theater troupe, has won nine National Opera Association Production Awards in nine years, including seven in the past four seasons. The school was named to Playbill’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 “Big Ten” lists of the Top 10 most represented colleges on Broadway.

OCU’s 68th season continues with Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” in the Burg Theatre, Feb. 28 to March 1 and Eric Idle’s “Spamalot” in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium April 24 to 26.

For tickets and additional information, visit okcu.edu/tickets.