Strauss II Operetta Brings The Party To Notre Dame de Namur University, November 30–December 29

Belmont, CA, November 27, 2012 — It’s the holiday season and calendars are filling up with celebratory parties. Be sure to save the date for Prince Orlofsky’s masked ball during Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus,” presented November 30–December 29 by Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts in collaboration with the Castro Valley Arts Foundation Opera Academy of California.

The prince’s party and a practical joke set the stage for this delightful farce, in which costumes deceive, spouses stray and confusion abounds. Dr. Falke, wanting to get revenge on his friend Gabriel Eisenstein, spins a clever web in which Eisenstein, who is supposed to serve a short sentence in jail, and his wife Rosalinde both attend Orlofsky’s party in disguise. Eisenstein unknowingly ends up flirting with his own wife, who also almost gets caught in her affair with the tenor Alfred, who is mistaken for Eisenstein and carried off to jail. In the end, with Falke’s plot revealed, the couple’s indiscretions are forgiven and laughs and champagne flow.

“Die Fledermaus” stars Christopher Sponseller as Gabriel Eisenstein, Megan Conroy and Andrea Fuentes as Rosalinde Eisenstein, Spencer Dodd as Dr. Falke, Gabrielle Guidi and Andrea Butler as Adele, James McGoff as Frank, Jayne Armini and Nicole Lopez Hagen as Ida, Evan Bailey Hunt and Alexandra Mays as Prince Orlofsky, Eric Morris and John Rinaldi as Alfred, and Juan Castro as Dr. Blind, as well as Charlie Espineda, Samantha Sandy, Allie Leslie, Megan Bartlett, Aidar Omarov, Abagail Link, Therese Screen and Christopher Hawkes, and pianist Elizabeth Neff. The opera features stage direction by Yefim Maizel and music direction by Louise Costigan-Kerns, and an English translation by Marcie Stapp.

Performances are November 30 and December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and December 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. in the Taube Center. A special gala fundraiser will also be presented December 1 at 7 p.m. An additional performance will run at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts on December 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the November 30 – December 9 performances can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-838-3006; tickets are $25 general, $15 students/seniors. Tickets for the December 29 performance can be purchased at; tickets are $25-30, and free for students with valid ID. For all other information, call 650-508-3429.

The Taube Center is located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002. The Castro Valley Center for the Arts is located at 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.