Revenge, intrigue, and lots of champagne. Fort Worth Opera pops the cork and pours the bubbly in the company’s final production of the season, Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus). Last seen by local audiences during our 1984-1985 season, Johann Strauss II’s hilarious operetta is directed by Fort Worth audience favorite David Gately (The Barber of Seville, Cinderella). Set within the walls of a decadent, 19th century manor, this classic comedy of errors is thrown into the Roaring Twenties, with outrageous flapper girls and debonair men clad in elegant tuxes.
Fort Worth native Vanessa Becerra (With Blood, With Ink) returns home to perform the role of the cunning chambermaid Adele. She is joined by a remarkable cast of some of opera and theater’s hottest stars, including critically-acclaimed Broadway singer and operatic baritone Curt Olds (The Mikado) as Gabriel von Eisenstein, mesmerizing soprano Devon Guthrie, as his clever wife Rosalinde. Baritone Weston Hurt will play Eisenstein’s notary friend Doctor Falke, and 2018 McCammon Voice Competition winner Abigail Levis steps into the famed trouser role of Russian Prince Orlofsky. Featuring a magnificent masked ball and soaring orchestral waltzes, this riotous tale of mistaken identities and mischievous mayhem proves that revenge is a delicious dish best served with a glass of cold champagne!
English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin
Dialogue translation by Charles Ludlam
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Chad R. Jung
Photos Courtesy of Duane Tinkey/Des Moines Metro Opera