Gulfshore Opera presents multi-county tour of The Bat’s Revenge Feb. 24 – 27

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Die Fledermaus, the popular operetta by waltz king Johann Strauss II, is getting a makeover. Gulfshore Opera will premiere a new concept and libretto set in the golden age of 1930s Hollywood conceived by innovative director and librettist Josh Shaw of Pacific Opera Project. Shaw will use movie magic, sound stages, chorus girls and matinee idols to take this fun and familiar musical comedy to new heights.
The Hollywood matinee idol (Eisenstein) will be portrayed by baritone Kyle Pfortmiller. Pfortmiller has employed his unique talent in opera, operetta and musical theater from the contemporary to the classic and has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, and many others.
He will be joined by soprano Susan Hellman Spatafora, as Rosalinde, the neglected diva wife. In her recent portrayal of the role with Opera Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel noted that she “sparkled” and let Rosalinde’s intelligence shine through.
The Russian playboy Prince Orlovsky will be performed by counternor, Logan Tanner, who has been praised for his “striking musicality, clarity and strong coloratura.”
The lovesick Alfred will be portrayed by tenor Derrek Stark, who has been hailed by Opera News for his “handsome sound,” and described as a “standout” by the Wall Street Journal.
The sparkling ingenue Adele will be performed by Nadia Marshall, soprano, a former resident of Naples, who was last seen in Gulfshore Opera’s “World of Webber” tour this past season.
This musical comedy will tour in all three counties Feb. 24 through Feb. 27. The opening night performance will be at Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Feb. 24, where GO has opened many formal productions.
On Feb. 26, GO will be the first professional production company to present in Estero at Estero High School auditorium. In Collier County on Feb. 27, the production will be set in an exciting new venue: Silverspot, Theatre 12 in Mercato.
All tickets to this special one-night showing include an after party with the stars of “The Bat’s Revenge.” Patrons are invited to dress as their favorite movie star of the 1930s while enjoying wine, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.
For tickets and more information, call Gulfshore Opera at 239-529-3925 or visit www.gulfshoreopera.org.

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