“It is the perfect opera for the holiday season and to celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one with laughter and heart-felt warmth,” he said.
“Die Fledermaus” (or “The Bat”) stars baritone Sean Anderson as the married man Eisenstein, who’s due to report to jail for tax evasion. Instead, Eisenstein’s friend Dr. Falke (baritone Christopher Holloway) persuades him to attend a royal ball so Falke can get revenge against Eisenstein for a past offense.
Meanwhile, Eisenstein’s adulterous wife (soprano Danielle Pastin) ends up getting taken to jail by mistake, along with her lover.
Tebar says he took a simple approach in conducting the opera, which plays one night only on Tuesday.
“The music is extremely beautiful and memorable,” he says, “so I always keep in mind what the composer wanted from the performers. After more than a century of performance history, there are traditions in the work that should never be forgotten.”
Condemi staged the opera with the orchestra placed onstage along with the singers and the chorus, and the singers enacting the scenes in front of the conductor. There is no scenery — only costumes, furniture and props.
“It allows the audience to focus even more intensely on the individual performances,” he says. “The music of ‘Die Fledermaus’ — filled with wonderful waltzes and Vienesse flavor — is central to the story. So being able to see the orchestra as another ‘character’ in the story is also an exciting addition.”
“Die Fledermaus” starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Tickets are $49-$119 (excluding applicable taxes and fees, prices subject to change).
For more information, call 597-1900 or visit artisnaples.org