LINCOLN CITY – Fans of light opera, Johann Strauss and great singing have been feeling batty with excitement, ever since the announcement that “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) will be playing at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 19. It will be performed by the 20 accomplished voices of Cascadia Concert Opera, a non-profit arts organization based in Eugene. “Die Fledermaus” will fly into the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101, at 7 pm.
Showcasing some of the finest local and regional talent, Cascadia Concert Opera presents opera in intimate venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each summer/fall season they present 8-12 performances across the Willamette Valley in schools, churches, libraries, public spaces, and theaters. “At Cascadia Concert Opera we believe that opera is for everyone, and we are dedicated to bringing exceptional and imaginative opera to audiences through access, artistic excellence, and community engagement,” said artistic director Bereniece Jones-Cenento.
This season Cascadia Concert Opera presents “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II. It’s a comic operetta, first performed in 1874, about extravagance, flirtation, mistaken identity, and sweet revenge featuring some of the most captivating and memorable melodies ever composed. Fantasy and reality converge at an elegant ball as everyone from high society spouses to private and public servants enjoy the diversion of champagne and masked identities. Everyone has a secret to hide and a trick up their sleeve in this exquisite and hilarious farce. The opera will be presented in concert version with piano accompaniment and will be performed in English.
This performance is sponsored by Cascade Head Music Festival. Tickets for the Oct. 19 show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and free for children age 12 and under. They’re on sale now at the LCCC box office, 541-994-9994 (Visa/MC accepted). The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
The October schedule continues with a visit from Holland America cruise lines on Oct. 23, a Lincoln Pops Big Band dance concert on Oct. 26, and a visit from author Ann Rule on Oct. 31. For details, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or call 541-994-9994.