Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge Opera for Kids!
Pranks and tricks abound at the annual SuperHeroes’ masked costume ball! And who is this mysterious Bat-Man, the biggest prankster of them all? This lighthearted comic operetta — written by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss, Jr. — sparkles with fun and lively music and features talented opera singers from Chapman University.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
J. STRAUSS, JR.: Selections from "The Bat" (Die Fledermaus)
Roger Kalia, conductor
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ROGER KALIA • CONDUCTOR
PETER ATHERTON • DIRECTOR AND SCRIPT WRITER
SUSAN MILLER KOTSES • SCRIPT CO-WRITER
Based on the opera Die Fledermaus
Music by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
Words (Libretto) by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Rosalinde Eisenstein: Chelsea Chaves, soprano
Adele: Amanda Keenan, soprano
“Prince” Orlovsky: Alexandra Rupp, mezzo-soprano
Sally: Yllary Cajahuaringa, soprano
Gabriel Eisenstein: Nicholas Preston, tenor
Falke: David Stoneman, baritone
Frank: Mark Peng, baritone
Yllary Cajahuaringa & Mary Frances Conover, sopranos
Tanja Radic & Emily Weinberg, mezzo-sopranos
Brennan Meier & Daniel Sanchez, tenors
Mark Peng & Noah Rulison, baritones
Tanja Radic, Rosalinde Eisenstein
Yllary Cajahuaringa, Adele
Emily Weinberg, “Prince” Orlovsky
Mary Frances Conover, Sally
Brennan Meier, Gabriel Eisenstein
Mark Peng, Falke
Noah Rulison, Frank
Rehearsal Accompanist: Janet Kao
Graphic Image Designer: Kurt Mortensen
Lighting Designer: Katiana Brosz
Costume Coordinator: Rosalind Britton
Costumes provided by the Rental Bootique, Santa Ana
These performances are generously underwritten by The Honorable H. Warren and Janet Siegel.
Welcome to Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge! Today you are going to be a part of the Superheroes’ Ball—a party where everyone is dressed as a superhero! The entire Pacific Symphony is invited, and there will be a number of special guests throughout the concert.
An operetta (a genre of light opera) is a story told through music and singing, and J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus is one of the most famous operettas every written. J. Strauss was also known as the waltz king, and there are a number of waltzes in this work. Be ready to sway and move in your seat during the concert!
Our spotlight instrument is the voice and you are going to learn about a number of different voice types. For instance, Adele plays the role of a young housekeeper, and is a soprano, which means that she has a high voice. On the opposite end is Falke, Eisenstein’s friend, who is a baritone, which means he has a low voice.
One of the main characters, Eisenstein, played a really nasty practical joke on Falke when they were teenagers, which he has never forgotten about. Falke is planning his revenge, and you will just have to wait and see what happens.
Now sit back and enjoy Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge! I can’t wait to see you at our next concert on March 17, called Video Game Odyssey.
Music is life,
Spotlight on the Voice
Today, you will hear a powerful and unique musical instrument: the human voice! Many people use their voices to speak, sing, or even provide vocal percussion to make music.
There are many different types of voices. Some people have high voices, others have low voices, and still others have medium voices. In opera, each voice type has its own name according to who sings: male or female. For example, a singer with a high female voice is called a soprano, while mezzo-sopranos have lower female voices.
Tenors sing with a high male voice, while baritones have a medium-low voice. Finally, basses have the lowest voice.
In an opera, you get to hear a variety of voice types all in one show! For example, in this concert you will hear Falke, the Batman’s baritone voice, which will sound very different from Eisenstein, the Joker’s tenor voice.
Sometimes, a certain voice type is needed for specific characters. In these cases, men might even sing the roles of female characters, or women might sing the role of male characters.
When a woman plays a male character, it is called a pants role. In today’s concert, “Prince” Orlovsky is played by a mezzo-soprano.
Spotlight on the Composer
Johann Strauss II was born in Austria in 1825. His father was a composer, or person who writes music, and he did not want his son to become a composer like him. However, Strauss learned music in secret, with encouragement from his mother.
Eventually, he conducted his own orchestra and became well known all over Europe and the United States as a conductor. Strauss continued composing and conducting almost his whole life. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in 1899, and died at the age of 73.
Strauss is best known now for composing many waltzes, and he even has the nickname “the Waltz King.” His most famous piece, The Blue Danube, is a waltz that has been played many times in movies, on radio, and by orchestras worldwide. However, Strauss also wrote many operettas, or short comic operas, including Die Fledermaus (The Bat).
PETER ATHERTON, Director and Script Writer
Stage director and bass-baritone Peter Atherton holds the Robert and Norma Lineberger Chair in Music at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and has served as the artistic director of Opera Chapman for the past 12 years. He has performed and directed extensively in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater throughout the United States and Europe.
His operatic and concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera, the Opera festival of Rome and Verona as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cercle Genève, International Chamber Ensemble Rome, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Orchèstre de Belgique.
CHELSEA CHAVES, Rosalinde Eisenstein
Since graduating with her master’s degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, Chelsea Chaves has sung with Pacific Chorale, soloed with Pacific Symphony, and performed at various private events around Los Angeles and Orange County. Roles performed include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with the Astoria Music Festival, Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe) with Chapman University and Lay Sister (Suor Angelica) with Opera Santa Barbara. Previous Young Artist Programs include OperaWorks, SongFest, the Astoria Music Festival and Musiktheater Bavaria.
AMANDA KEENAN, Adele
oprano and Southern California native Amanda Keenan studied classical music at CSU Fullerton. Since beginning her singing career, she’s performed on both opera and symphony stages. Recent solo engagements have included Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat with the Angeles Chorale. She “captivated” San Francisco audiences in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Purcell’s King Arthur with the American Bach Soloists (SF Chronicle).
ALEXANDRA RUPP, “Prince” Orlovsky
Alexandra Rupp is a recent graduate from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. She graduated with a bachelor of music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance, translating her classical training to everything from opera and musical theatre to jazz, flamenco and classical crossover music. While at Chapman, Alexandra was invited on several performance tours throughout New York, Boston and San Francisco and performed as a featured artist in every production by Opera Chapman, such as Le Nozze di Figaro, Suor Angelica, L’Elisir d’Amore and Die Fledermaus.
YLLARY CAJAHUARINGA, Sally, Chorus, Adele understudy
Soprano Yllary Cajahuaringa is a vocal performance graduate from Chapman University. She was part of Southern California Children’s Chorus from a very young age and performed alongside Pacific Symphony several times. She’s since performed for Chapman Productions as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and Adele in Die Fledermaus and was also a soloist in Mozart’s Davide Penitente. In 2015, she was the vocal winner of Chapman’s Instrumental and Vocal Concerto Competition and began working with Pacific Symphony in Pirates of Penzance and Hansel and Gretel.
NICHOLAS PRESTON, Gabriel Eisenstein
Praised by The Orange County Register as “resonant and warm” and by classical music site Bachtrack as “a ringing stentorian tenor,” this Hawai’i native’s recent performances include the role of “Messenger” in Pacific Symphony’s Aida, tenor soloist in Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi with Long Beach Camerata Singers, and in Mozart’s Requiem with Long Beach Symphony. He was featured in Philip Glass’ world premiere of The Passion of Ramakrishna, premiered by Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under Carl St.Clair in 2006, and will be traveling with the Symphony to Carnegie Hall this spring to reprise the same role.
DAVID STONEMAN, Falke
This California native has sung with opera companies across the country. Stoneman spent two decades on the East Coast singing opera and oratorio. His oratorio repertoire includes the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He’s also sung the solos in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. David has also enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation, 42nd Street and Sweeney Todd. Recently released recordings include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by Ray Bradbury.
MARK PENG, Frank, Chorus, Falke understudy
A native from the San Francisco Bay Area, Taiwanese baritone Mark Peng found himself in Southern California studying and performing. Previously appearing in Cinderella, Opera for Kids and Pirates of Penzance, Opera for Kids, he is excited for his third Family production with Pacific Symphony! He has performed the roles of Betto in Gianni Schicchi and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as partial roles in Roméo et Juliette, Carmen and Die Fledermaus at his alma mater, Chapman University.
MARY FRANCES CONOVER, Chorus, Sally understudy
Mary Frances Conover is thrilled and honored to be making her Pacific Symphony debut. A veteran to some of California’s greatest performance halls since the age of 4, she is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) where she majored in musical theater and minored in dance; and of Chapman University where she majored in music: vocal performance (classical voice). Some of her favorite credits The Gift of the Magi (Knott’s), Surf City Singers (APA), Pirates of Penzance, Tintypes, Funny … Forum and Die Fledermaus (Opera Chapman).
TANJA RADIC, Chorus, Rosalinde Eisenstein understudy
Tanja Radic is a young operatic soprano who has performed extensively throughout Orange County over the past few years. Born in South Africa, Radic is now a senior at Chapman University, pursuing a dual degree in vocal performance and English literature. As a member of Opera Chapman she has performed as Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoﬀmann), Desdemona (Otello) and Jenny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). She has also performedas Monica (The Medium), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Elettra (Idomeneo) and the Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel).
EMILY WEINBERG, Chorus, “Prince” Orlovsky Understudy
Beginning in Boston, Massachusetts, Emily Weinberg was born and raised in a family that encouraged musical involvement. She began singing in her very first children’s choir at age 6 after moving out to California. Under her vocal mentor’s tutelage, she was inspired to become an opera singer and has been working toward that goal ever since. Emily has continued to study music at CSUF as a vocal performance major. Her studies there have brought her to perform such roles as L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
BRENNAN MEIER, Chorus, Gabriel Eisenstein understudy
A tenor from Newark, Calif., Meier is a bachelor student at Chapman University studying to receive degrees in both music— voice performance and English literature. Recent roles include The Mayor in Britten’s Albert Herring at Opera Chapman and Don Ottavio in excerpts of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Taos Opera Institute. Concert appearances include features as a tenor soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, at Chapman University’s Sholund Scholarship Concert and in Mozart’s Requiem with the Nové Deypalan Singers.
DANIEL SANCHEZ, Chorus
A tenor from Garden Grove, Sanchez is a freshman at Chapman University, studying for his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Recent roles include Eisenstein in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and The Herald in Massenet’s Cendrillon at Orange County School of Arts. Daniel was a finalist at the LA Music Center’s Spotlight awards, and named Orange County Register’s 2017 Vocal Artist of the Year. He would like to thank Pacific Symphony for this tremendous opportunity.
NOAH RULISON, Chorus, Frank understudy
Noah Rulison is a junior vocal performance major at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. He most recently played the role of Fredrik in Opera Chapman’s scenes production of A Little Night Music. He also has played partial roles in Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Gianni Schicchi and Falstaﬀ, all with Opera Chapman. This past summer, he traveled to Austria and participated in University of Miami’s Salzburg summer program. He continues to study with Dr. Peter Atherton at Chapman University.
JANET KAO, Rehearsal Accompanist
Pianist Janet Kao, a native of Taiwan, is an accomplished musician with extensive experience as a solo pianist, vocal/instrumental collaborator, and an opera coach. She has performed on many stages including Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, National Concert Hall of Taiwan. She has been invited to participate in several summer music festivals including Bowdoin Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West.
ROSALIND BRITTON, Costumes Coordinator
Born into a family of professional musicians in London, Rosalind Britton grew up steeped in the arts. After attending the Royal Ballet School, she turned instead to behind-the- scenes work, and obtained a bachelor’s in theater design. Upon graduation, she worked in costume design for theater, opera and film, both in London and New York. She lived in Europe several more years before her family moved to California, where she taught art in public schools. After retirement, she became a dedicated volunteer for Pacific Symphony.