(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Opera Theatre will present Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. Die Fledermaus is Strauss’ best-known work for the stage. Originally viewed as scandalous, the operetta revolves around an elaborate scheme involving a Hungarian countess, her cheating husband, a maid turned actress and a bat. This farcical story is filled with false identities, practical jokes and plenty of champagne. This production is set during the Roaring 20s. The opera will be sung in German with English supertitles.
Westminster Opera Theatre has been praised for its innovative productions of a wide range of operas. Participants in the program have gone on to perform in opera houses around the world. Recent seasons have included Dialogues des Carmélites, The Bartered Bride, L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Suor Angelica, La Clemenza di Tito, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Così fan tutte, Der Schauspieldirektor, Gianni Schicchi, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Il mondo della luna and I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Williams Hobbs is musical director for the production, and Nathan Brewer is stage director. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors and are available by phone at 609-921-2663 or online at www.rider.edu/arts.
Westminster Choir College faculty member Williams Hobbs works at many of the world’s major opera houses as conductor and coach. These include the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. He has assisted conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jiří Kout, Marco Armiliato and many others, and worked closely with singers such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Sonia Ganassi, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sam Ramey and Kurt Moll. Mr. Hobbs has devoted a large portion of his career to working with young singers. He was on the faculty of the Aspen Opera Theater Center of the Aspen Music Festival for six years, and he has been on the faculty of the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College since 2008. He was on the coaching staff of the Juilliard School of Music for many years, and he was invited by the National Theater of Tokyo to serve as visiting master coach.
Nathan Brewer is a director of theatre, film, concerts, and events. His credits include Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, NYMF, Theatreworks/USA, The Adrienne Arsht Center, New Studio on Broadway (NYU, Tisch), Penn State University, New York Film Academy, Westminster Choir College, Northwestern University, The American Pops Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, The Princeton Festival, Blue Hill Troupe, 54 Below, Warner Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan Theatre Source, Pennsylvania Centre Stage and The York Theatre.
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DC Metro Theatre Arts wrote about his production of Cinderella with the American Pops Orchestra, “Directed with much love by Nathan Brewer… this wonderful show should travel around the globe. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had.” He is resident director for Nouveau Productions, and president & artistic director of Recreational Arts, Inc.
Westminster Choir College is located at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Walnut Lane in Princeton.