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Die Fledermaus at UNM

From tomorrow through Sunday, Feb. 22, the University of New Mexico Department of Music's Opera Theater Program and Symphony Orchestra present Die Fledermaus—a very popular operetta by Johann Strauss Jr.—at Keller Hall (203 Cornell SE) in the Center for the Arts. Strauss was an Austrian composer of the 19th century who mostly wrote light work for popular consumption, including well-known waltz The Blue Danube. Much like that energizing piece, Die Fledermaus is filled with memorable melodies and romantic interludes.

A tale of imperial revenge, mistaken identities and amorous encounters, Die Fledermaus is one of the most memorable and enduring works of late-19th century musical culture. It’s a vision of a world enthralled by royalty, grand balls and exotic costumes. The UNM production of Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is directed by Leslie Umphrey and Sam Shepperson and conducted by Dr. Jorge Perez-Gomez. The set design is by UNM Theatre Arts alum Richard Hess. Thursday through Saturday performances of the operetta happen at 7:30pm, and the matinee performance on Sunday begins at 2pm. Tickets range in price from $5 to $15 and are available at the UNM box office or via Keller Hall, UNM • Thu Feb 19 • 7:30pm • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar