New Philharmonic Presents ‘Die Fledermaus’ at the MAC Jan. 26-27

News at College of DuPage

By Ann FinkNew Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, opens 2019 with Johann
Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus,” libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee, at 7:30
p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at the McAninch Arts Center, located
at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage. The operetta, staged by Michael
La Tour, will be sung in English. A free MAC Chat will take place one hour prior to
each performance.It is New Year’s Eve and Gabriel von Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for
punching a police officer, but he wants to evade jail for one night so he can go to
Prince Orlofsky’s lavish party with his friend Dr. Falke. Eisenstein informs his wife,
Rosalinde, that he is heading off to jail, but Rosalinde knows he is lying, and follows
him to the ball, disguised as a Hungarian countess. At the ball, Eisenstein attempts
to seduce his own wife without knowing. Additional mistaken identities, flirtations,
intrigues, and jealous confrontations ensue, but eventually, the great farce ends
up with a happy ending for all.“Die Fledermaus” stars Chicago’s Katherine R. Weber as Rosalinde and fellow Chicagoan
Jesse Donner as Eisenstein. Other members of the cast include Mikaela Schneider (Adele),
Ashley Sipka (Prince Orlofsky), Brittany Hebel (Ida), Matthew Greenblatt (Dr. Blind),
Sam Handley (Mr. Frank), Michael La Tour (Frosch), James Judd (Alfred) and Aaron Wardell
(Dr. Falke).Described as “a confident singing actress with a magnetic stage presence” by Opera
News, Weber is a rising star in the Chicago opera scene. She made her MAC debut in
the 2017-2018 season as Violetta in “La Traviata” having played the same role in her
debut with Boulder Symphony. She made her Chicago Opera Theater debut to great critical
acclaim in November as the titular character in “Lolanta.” Weber was a …

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