by Chris Davis
A short comic opera could probably be written about Opera Memphis's Tuesday night preview of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus at the Clark Opera Center. The turnout was unexpectedly large but the caterer was in a wreck. Nobody was injured but the van was smashed up as was the food and there were many zombie-eyed guests wandering the lobby with a desperate "where's the cheese tray" look. Fortunately the preview performances were as crisp and bubbly as the pre-show Champagne.
Here's an audio sample of maestro Steven Osgood working with his cast on an ensemble passage and getting some great performances.
The preview performances were broadcast live by WKNO radio.
Die Fledermaus is at Germantown Performing Arts Center Jan 21 & 24, 2012