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'Die Fledermaus' operetta March 5-12

February 26, 2010

Colorado State University's School of the Arts presents the Johann Strauss operetta, 'Die Fledermaus,' arguably the most popular operetta ever composed. Full of lusty humor, wonderful melodies, masterful waltzes, and a zany plot, this opera performance will be a night to remember.

March 5, 7, 11, & 12
Performance times below
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Colorado State Opera Theatre presents Die Fledermaus (The Bat), with performances in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St., on:

  • Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.


Tickets are $20 for the public, $10 for Colorado State students, and $1 for youth ages 2 to 17.

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts, or UCA, Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

Tour de force

The production is directed by Todd Queen, associate professor of voice and Chair of the CSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and Tiffany Blake, coordinator of voice; the CSU opera orchestra is conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney. The opera will be performed in English.

Strauss operetta arguably most popular operetta composed

Die Fledermaus by Vienna’s “Waltz King” Johann Strauss, is arguably the most popular operetta ever composed. Originally written in German, the operetta style, with its lighter themes and comedic nature, is traditionally performed in the language of the country where it is performed.

Die Fledermaus is full of lusty humor, wonderful melodies, masterful waltzes, and a zany plot full of concealed identities, revenge, intrigue, an Italian tenor, a prince, a countess, a bat, and a large helping of wackiness that has pleased audiences for over a century. 

An accessible, relative production

The truly ensemble opera features many strong characters that showcase CSU opera students. The modern day setting, along with the English libretto, create a thoroughly accessible and relative production. “Fledermaus is a great big practical joke set to a waltz tune,” said Queen.

“This opera will capture audiences of all ages, and any musical background, with its modern flair, beautiful melodies, and lots of laughs!”

Joel Bacon, organ professor at Colorado State University, plays the role of Frosch, the jailer.

Bacon 'hysterical' in speaking role

Patrons of both Colorado State Opera Theatre, as well as the CSU organ program, will be delighted by the operatic debut of organ professor Joel Bacon in the speaking role of Frosch, the jailer.

“We are dying laughing during rehearsals, he is absolutely hysterical,” said Queen about Bacon’s comedic portrayal.

The production also includes both the 2009 and 2010 Colorado State University Singer of the Year Competition winners, Laura Begley (2009) and Cassie Murray (2010).

Die Fledermaus will be a night to remember, sending you home smiling and humming some of the greatest melodies ever written!

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603