Strauss Operetta Presented at Willamette University

The Willamette University Music Department will present Die Fledermaus Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Overflowing with the infectious melodies of Vienna's "Waltz King," Johann Strauss, the comic operetta is one of the 20 most performed operas in America.

Dramatic vocal arts students will be directed by Allison Swensen-Mitchell and the orchestral accompaniment will be conducted by Willamette alumnus Pierre-Alain Chevalier. The set and lighting design has been created by Brett Popovich. The operetta will be sung in English and set in the 1920s.

"The storyline of Die Fledermaus is not to be taken seriously," Swensen-Mitchell said. "It is a farce about payback for a practical joke one friend played on another before the story even begins."

Adult/senior tickets are $7; student tickets are $3. They can be purchased at the door or at the music department Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be charged by phone at (503) 370-6255.