An Appalachian Adaptation of Strauss Masterpiece to Showcase Appalachian Culture
A grandiose Appalachian shindig of deceit, infidelity, and disguise comes to the stage of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center. Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus: An Appalachian Party will be held October 11, 7:30pm with a free school concert on October 10 in Bristol.
Symphony of the Mountains and Asheville Lyric Opera are taking this classic Bavarian opera and infusing Appalachian scenery and culture for a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Special guests performers include Voices of the Mountains and the ETSU Festival Choir.
In the Appalachian adaptation, the pompous Gabriel Eisenstein skips his first day of a jail sentence to have fun at Orlofsky Vanderburgh’s ball at his mansion, the Giltmore. His friend, Dr. Falke, has convinced him to attend the ball in order to amuse Vandeburgh and seek revenge on his old pal for abandoning him in a prior time of need. After lying to his wife, Rosalinda, Eisenstein disguises himself and heads off to the party. The desirable Rosalinda wards off a former lover, Alfredo, but furious with her husband, she too accepts Vanderburgh’s invitation in disguise. Their maid, Adele, enacts her own web of trickery and deceit by feigning the illness of an aunt to her employers in order to attend the ball. With everyone at the party in disguise, the escapades begin.
Rosalinda catches Eisenstein flirting with all the dancing girls. She then, pretending to be a Hungarian Countess, flirts with her husband and swipes his pocket watch as proof of his infidelity. By morning, everyone is drenched in libations and Eisenstein finally reports to the jail. Rosalinda follows the lawyer to the jail to ask for a divorce, unaware that her husband has finally reported for his sentence. He confronts her about her former lover and she counters with the stolen pocket watch. Finally, Falke unveils his master plan for revenge with Vanderburgh and his guests in attendance at the jail.
A long tradition in operettas, and Die Fledermaus in particular, is to use local color or humor to connect the piece more strongly to the culture and history of the audience. This presentation of Die Fledernaus through the lens of Appalachian culture will be accomplished in part through a libretto written specifically for this production. Characters have been adapted to reference aspects of regional culture while honoring the legacy of the original opera. Artists for set design and costumes will exercise their ability to reflect the beauty and character of the region.
Originally written in German, Die Fledermaus: An Appalachian Party will be performed in English to be entertainingt for all audiences. Adapting a classic opera to Appalachian roots provides one more avenue for Symphony of the Mountains to bring a unique experience to the audiences of the Mountain Empire.
The party doesn’t stop when the music is over. Join us for an Appalachian After Party upstairs in the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Party Room. Enjoy German beers and cheeses while meeting the cast and musicians from Die Fledermaus: An Appalachian Party. Tickets to the After Party are limited.
PERFORMANCE & EVENT DATES
Free School Performance with Asheville Lyric Opera
Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:00am
For middle and high school aged students
Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
No charge for tickets, but registration is required. Call our box office: (423) 392-8423
Full Performance with Asheville Lyric Opera
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30pm
Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN
Tickets are $35, children/students admitted free
Call (423) 392-8423 or visit www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org
Appalachian After Party
Saturday, Octoer 11, 2014, after the concert
Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Party Room, Kingsport, TN
Tickets are $25 each and limited
Call (423) 392-8423