Soirée Lyrique will put on its second performance of the comic operetta "Die Fledermaus" or "The Revenge of the Bat" by Johann Strauss II, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. in Elgin. There is a free city parking deck on Highland Avenue across the street from the church.
In the 1874 operetta, Gabriel Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer on New Year's Eve. However, he decides to postpone jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky's lavish soiree with his friend Falke. Meanwhile, Rosalinda knows that Eisenstein is lying and follows him in disguise as a Hungarian countess. Adele, their maid, feigns an excuse to be released from work that night so that she can also go to the soiree disguised as a Russian opera singer named Olga. After many mistaken identities, Eisenstein attempts to seduce his own wife without knowing it is her. Much frivolity and many festivities behind them, the great farce ends up with a happy ending for all.
Advance tickets are $25 or $30 at the door; students are $15. No children under 6 years old.
Order tickets at the box office at (847) 622-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download a brochure at www.soireelyrique.org.
The operetta will be performed in English with the participation of Chamber Music on the Fox, Soirée Lyrique's Young Artist Chorus, pianist Chiayi Lee, and conductor Rosemary Schroeder.
The cast includes: soprano Solange Sior as Rosalinda; baritone Nicholas Provenzale as Gabriel; soprano Mikaela Schneider as Adele: tenor Franco Martorana as Alfredo, old flame of Rosalinda; baritone Aaron Wardell as Dr. Falke; bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell as Dr. Blind, Gabriel's lawyer and as Frank, the jailer; mezzo-soprano Barbara Landis as Prince Orlofsky; mezzo-soprano Marissa Simmons as Sally, sister of Adele; soprano Kimberly Jones as The Diva; soprano Kathleen Monson as Marlena, an opera singer; and soprano Lindsay Dasenbrock as The Doll.
Soirée Lyrique's Young Artist Chorus participating in the event includes: Blake Buczkiewicz and Rachel Meister, both of Huntley; Sarafina Monteleone of Aurora; Kelsey Welch and Charmaine Jake-Matthews, both of Chicago; Jennifer Schellenberg of Antioch; Samantha D'Adamo of Lombard; Carol Munn of Lake in the Hills; Michael Hudetz of Batavia; Keoni Plaza of Hoffman Estates; Michael Greenstone of Evanston; and Alex Rattana of DeKalb.
The string quartet from Chamber Music on the Fox features: violinist Eric Pidluski, violinist Carol Yampolsky, violist Nicholas Jeffrey and cellist Sara Sitzer.