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Die Fledermaus Has it All

Die Fledermaus Has it All

What: Die Fledermaus
Where: Griffith Duncan Theatre
When: Friday June 16, 2000

SEX, champagne, music and dancing, OPERA'S HUNTER'S next production DIE FLEDERMAUS has it all.

That's the view according to the production's director FELICITY BIGGINS who described JOHANN STRAUSS'S operetta as a tale of revenge, lust, infidelity and human folly.

'It's as fresh and enchanting now as it was when first performed in Vienna in 1874,' she said.

Last year Biggins won a CONDA for best professional director for her production of THESE FOOLISH THINGS by CARL CAULFIELD at the Civic Theatre.

Die Fledermaus will be performed at the Griffith Duncan Theatre at the University of Newcastle on Friday June 16 and 23, and Saturday, June 17 and 24, at 7.30pm with 2pm matinees.

'It's a joy to stage because the music is so uplifting and a lot of it is so well known I hope everyone will waltz out of the theatre singing,' Biggins said.

'Everyone gets a party plate, everyone gets a chance to dress up, to dance and behave outrageously.'

Classically-trained singer SUE CARSON will perform the role of Rosalinde.

DEREK DOWDING, who has extensive experience as an entertainer in the Hunter will be Eisenstein.

RACHELLE SCHMIDT takes on her first major role as Adele, the chambermaid with aspirations, while MARIA MAROULIS makes her Opera Hunter debut as Adele's sister the actress Mia.

STEVE MCLEAN, who regularly performs with the AUSTRALIAN OPERA, will show off his extraordinary counter tenor voice as Prince Orlovsky.

'It's really quite a raunchy piece but in the nicest possible way,' Biggins said.


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