DIE FLEDERMAUS & gala champagne reception

DIE FLEDERMAUS & gala champagne reception

The Banqueting Room, The Guildhall




In the loveliest concert hall in the UK” Radio 3

Just announced – Pop-up performance by the Iford New Generation Artists at the 6pm Champagne Gala Reception

Join us celebrating the first night of the 2019 season at a Gala Champagne Reception with canapés in the Brunswick Room. Before the performance in the Banqueting Room at 7.30pm (est. end time of 10pm)

Johann Strauss’s classic operetta Die Fledermaus is a comic story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred on a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Man-about-town Eisenstein is to be jailed, his wife is being seduced by an old flame, Dr Falke has a plan to exact revenge and everybody wants to go to the party!

Starring legendary comic baritone, SIMON BUTTERISS
“Comic genius” Independent
“This amazing singing actor…everything he does is absolutely riveting. You can hear every word and every word is nuanced”.  BBC Radio 3
“My nomination for greatest living Englishman. hilarious, his timing is immaculate, his singing is excellent, his instinct for observing tradition while making it relevant is impeccable. 5 stars” Tully Potter, Daily Mail
“Surely the leading comic baritone of his generation” Manchester Evening News

And we are delighted to announce NADINE BENJAMIN as Rosalind, currently playing Musetta (La Boheme) with ENO. Acclaim for Nadine includes
“Benjamin delivers it gorgeously.” Erica Jeal, The Guardian
“Sumptuously sung” Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
Beautifully tender, sultry rendition.” Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph

International conductor OLIVER GOOCH is Musical Director and on piano.
Highly regarded by colleagues, critics and audiences alike. Antonio Pappano created a position for him at the Royal Opera House as the first Associate Conductor (Vilar)
In the concert hall he has conducted many of the major British orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Hallé and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Latest casting:

Adele                    Emily Vine
Alfred                   Robin Bailey
Falke                     James Corrigan
Franke                  Robert Gildon
Orlofsky                Charli Bapti

Orchestra: Iford Arts Chamber Ensemble
Original libretto: Meilhac and Halevy
Sung text translated by John Mortimer
Spoken text written by Simon Butteriss

further casting notices to be posted.