Opera Orlando returns this with ‘Die Fledermaus,’ the first indoors opera production in the U.S. since March

click to enlarge Opera Orlando returns this with ‘Die Fledermaus,’ the first indoors opera production in the U.S. since March
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Opera Orlando returns to the live stage this week with a performance of the Johann Strauss II operetta Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat. That alone is notable enough, but this is not just a local milestone.

The two Orlando performances of Die Fledermaus this week will be, according to Orlando Opera representatives, the first full indoor operatic production in the United States since March, when the pandemic hit.

The comedic production, which has become a New Year's classical music staple and tradition (timely!), will be presented by the opera company in collaboration with the Orlando Phil. Die Fledermaus stars Susan Hellman Spatafora and Gabriel Preisser, with conductor Jorge Parodi.

Die Fledermaus runs this Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 19, at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now for all performances. You can also purchase tickets to access streams of the performances online.

Safety measures in place include socially distanced seating, required masks and temperature checks, and regular sanitizing of high-touch areas.

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