Illustration By Jen Mayhew

Die Fledermaus, March 2010

(The Bat) by Johann Strauss

English translation by Marcie Stapp.

Performances March 13, 14, 20, 21.

“‘Die Fledermaus’ is a fun and laughable opera,” says Jim Schmidt, LVO’s Managing Director. “Because it will be performed in English rather than the traditional German, it’s a great opportunity for someone who has never been to opera before. You’ll catch all the humor and hilarious antics of the characters.” San Francisco Stage Director David Cox agrees. “It’s full of lively music and a witty, humorous plot. But most of all it’s a big party. That’s all you need to know.” “Die Fledermaus” is the story of Gabriel von Eisenstein, who through the incompetence of his lawyer, has been sentenced to spend eight days in the town jail. Although the situation is seemingly tragic, Eisenstein, his wife Rosalinda, and their ambitious maid, Adele, have devised their own convoluted plots to get the most out of the situation. At a magnificent ball, Rosalinda works to catch her philandering husband in a flirtatious act, while a drunken jailer, new friends and relationships round out the evening, ending with one of the most famous drinking songs in opera. Most notable is that “Die Fledermaus” is known as the work that defined Viennese opera. “The familiar melodies of ‘Die Fledermaus’ are unmistakably Strauss,” adds Schmidt. “If you love waltzes, you’ll love the music of ‘Die Fledermaus’.”

“Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) is a delightful operetta by Johann Strauss, full of lively music and a witty, humorous plot with well-defined characters.  Eisenstein prepares to bid his wife, Rosalinda, farewell. Through the incompetence of his lawyer he has been sentenced to spend eight days in the town jail. Although the situation is seemingly tragic, Eisenstein, his wife, and their ambitious maid, Adele, have devised their individual ways to get the most out of the situation. The evening continues with Prince Orlovsky giving a magnificent ball.  New friends and repaired relationships occur with twists and turns and plenty of preposterous, funny situations.  And how does this end? With all the complications solved, everybody joins in singing a toast in praise of champagne!

Cast

Rosalinda – Stephanie Cook & Jessica Siena (double cast)
Eisenstein – Daniel Ebbers
Adele – Jillian Boye & Susanna Jimenez (double cast)
Alfred – David Gustafson
Dr. Falke – Igor Vieira
Dr. Blind – Michael Desnoyers
Prince Orlovsky – Cybele Gouverneur
Frank – Sascha Joggerst
Frosch – Michael Crozier
Ida – Meghan McGovern

David Cox, Stage Director

Alexander Katsman, Conductor & Music Director

Alexander Katsman - Musical Director and Board Member

Raquel V. Holt, Artistic Director & Producer

Raquel Holt, Founder and Board Director

Stephanie Cook as Rosalinda

Stephanie Cook made her Livermore Valley debut as Rosalinda, one of her favorite roles. She has performed with Fresno Grand Opera for the past five seasons in both main stage productions as well as their annual Christmas on Van Ness and Opera on Van Ness concerts in which she is a featured soloist. Recently she performed the role of Kate Pinkerton in the company’s anniversary production of Madama Butterfly. Ms Cook is an alumnus of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and makes her home in Clovis, California.

Daniel Ebbers as Eisenstein

Daniel Ebbers made his debut with LVO. He has performed with companies such as the LA Opera, Sacramento Opera, Anchorage Opera, Greensboro Opera, San Diego Comic Opera, and Opera Theater of Connecticut. As concert artist, he appeared with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony performing Stravinsky's Mass, and has appeared twice at both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Ebbers was artist in residence with LA Opera, apprentice with Utah Festival Opera Young Artist Program, Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, and the Music Academy of the West. He is an associate professor of voice at the University of the Pacific, and is managing director of the Pacific Opera Institute.

Susanna Jimenez as Adele

Susanna Uher Jiménez is an accomplished artist in both opera and concert. She has performed with many Opera companies such as Opera San José, Mission City Opera and Lyric Theatre of San Jose. She made her debut in Rome as Norina (Don Pasquale), and Violetta (La Traviata) in Nagoya, Japan. On the concert stage, she has coached and performed art songs with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones; was soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G for Boston’s King’s Chapel Music Series; and was featured at the Boston Hatch Shell sponsored by Boston’s classical radio station WCR. Awards include: as finalist in The Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition, The MacAllister Awards Competition, The Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, The Miss California Pageant, NATS Vocal Competition, and Young Artist at the Music Academy of the West. Susanna has a BA in Music from the University of Pacific (Stockton) and an MM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.

Michael Desnoyers as Dr. Blind

Michael Desnoyers made his professional debut with the Pittsburgh Opera as the Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos in 2005 and participated in the 2009 Chautauqua Opera Young Artist program where he covered the role of Spoletta (Tosca). Springtime performances include Don Ottavio with Berkeley Opera and Sellem with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Awards include: winner of the 2004 Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition; second place winner at both the 2004 Tri-State NATS vocal competition and 2006 Eastern Regional NwATS competitions; and third place winner of the 2009 San Francisco Conservatory Bi-Annual Composer’s Art Song Competition. Michael is pursuing his graduate studies at the SF Conservatory of Music where he studies with César Ulloa.

Sascha Joggerst as Frank

German baritone Sascha Joggerst has played several roles with LVO. He has played many venues including Opera San Jose, Mission City Operal, West Bay Opera and the Mendocino Music Festival. Future engagements include Perichaud in Puccini’s La Rondine with Opera San Jose and Schaunard in La Bohème with Mission City Opera. Mr. Joggerst is a studio artist at Opera San Jose and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Royal Academy of Music in London as well as a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music Lübeck.

Jessica Siena as Rosalinda

Jessica Siena debuted with LVO. She has performed throughout the country to critical acclaim, hailed by audiences and critics for her vocal artistry and dramatic presence. She has sung in Stockton Opera Association’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, New York City opera’s national tour of La fille du regiment, and Giulia in La scala di seta with the Los Angeles Music Theater Company. On the concert stage, Ms. Siena soloed with the Stockton Symphony and sang the soprano solo in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Stockton Chorale. Awards include: a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist in the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition, and a first-place winner in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

Jillian Boye as Adele

Jillian Boye, soprano and a San Francisco Bay Area native, made her LVO debut as Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana). Other credits include Pousette (Manon), Frasquita (Carmen), and Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore). An active concert soloist, Ms. Boye’s has sung with the Symphony Silicon Valley, Sierra Symphony, South Valley Symphony, American Philharmonic, and Ballet San Jose. Awards include: 2008 Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Young Artist Award from the Holt Competition and the grand prize in the San Jose Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Boye holds a BA in Music from San José State University.

David Gustafson as Alfred

David Gustafson is happy to return to LVO. He is known for his robust and expressive tenor voice and has appeared in Europe, Asia, and throughout the USA. His role as Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) was featured with a photo and article in the Arts section of the New York Times. On the concert stage, Mr. Gustafson has sung in the World Premiere in Oregon and the European premiere of Robert Kyr’s Symphony No. 9 in Denmark. PBS nationally broadcast Eugene Symphony’s "Tango Lesson" where Mr. Gustafson appeared as the Tango Singer.

Igor Vieira as Dr. Falke

Igor Vieira is hailed by Opera News Magazine as “superb,” and “show-stealing.” Mr. Vieira has sung 48 different operatic roles, including the title role in Don Giovanni. He has sung with Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Amazonian Opera Festival, Belém Opera Festival, Opera du Villecroze, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Theater of Philadelphia, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, SF Lyric Opera, Rimrock Opera, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek. He was a world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, a recipient of the Margareth Tudor Award (Princeton) for 2 years and the Kaplan Foundation Award (Kansas City) for outstanding artistry. As concert soloist, Mr. Vieira has performed with Vermont’s Rutherford’s Symphony, the Orchestre du Provence in Villecroze, France and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the National Symphony in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton and a MM in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri.

Meghan Michelle McGovern as Ida

Meghan Michelle McGovern graduated with a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University where she won the Concerto Competition for ’07. Regional credits include: Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Singing in the Rain and Into the Woods. She has performed in over 50 productions with Diablo Light Opera Co., Tri Valley Repertory, Willows Theatre Co., SF Not Quite Opera and Woodminster. Concert work includes: Bach’s B Minor Mass, Rutter’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate, and Barber’s Agnus Dei. Film credits include: Rent, The Princess Diaries and Alvin & the Chipmunks II. She also starred in a film that garnered the ’02 Golden Gate Award at the SF International Film Festival. Ms. McGovern has been the National Anthem girl for the LA Dodgers, the Oakland A’s and the SF Giants since 2000.