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Photo: Michael Smith
Photo: Michael Smith
Photo: Michael Smith
Photo: Michael Smith
Photo: Michael Smith
Photo: Michael Smith
By Johann Strauss
Directed by Linda Kitchen
Music Director Rosemary Barnes

at Opera Factory, 7 Eden Street Newmarket, Auckland
From 11 Dec 2012 to 15 Dec 2012

Reviewed by:  Penny Dodd;

Popular opera onstage in Newmarket 

A glittering fringe production of Johann Strauss's popular comic operetta Die Fledermaus (The revenge of the Bat) will be onstage at the  Factory Theatre in the heart of Newmarket from 11th to 15th December.  From the sparkling overture to a rollicking tribute to the champagne finale, the Waltz King's madcap masterpiece is the bubbling jewel of the golden age of operetta and is suitable and accessible to all ages.     

Strauss's Die Fledermaus is a delicious farce of revenge,  mistaken identities, flirtations, and light-hearted deceit and is the perfect combination of comedy, effervescent melodies and charming sentiment.  This famous operetta is traditional festive fare and offers an appropriate end of year celebration for opera, music and theatre enthusiast in an accessible and affordable location.

Directed by Linda Kitchen with Music Director Rosemary Barnes the cast stars well known soprano Emma Sloman as Rosalinda joined by tenors Cameron Barclay (Alfred) and Aidan Gill (Gabriel von Eisenstein) with talented coloraturas Elizabeth Mandeno and Ella Smith sharing the capricious role of Adele the maid.   The plot thickens with baritone Adam Thompson as the revengeful Dr Falke aided by mezzo Christie Cook as Prince Orlofsky along with Dragan Atanasov as Frank the confused prison warden and Alex Milligan as Dr Blind the bumbling lawyer with Jess Graham/Leila Alexander sharing the role of Ida. New talent Milla Dickens covering Rosalinda and Elisabeth Harris covering Orlovsky will debut for the 6.30pm Thursday and 2pm Saturday performances. ‘Die Fledermaus' will be fully staged with stage design by John Eaglen, lighting by Phillip Dexter, costumes by Kat Wells.  

This Christmas Gala season of Die Fledermaus celebrates the end of another busy year for the  Opera Factory Trust and funds raised will support the 2013 programme of education, training and performance opportunities.

Die Fledermaus is suitable for all ages and early reservations are highly recommended. For an innovative way to host company staff, members or associates this production offers excellent group concessions for 6 or more, or by special arrangement the capacity house of 135 seats may be available.  The Factory Theatre is easily accessible and situated at 7 Eden Street Newmarket and near to public car-parks and public rail and bus links.

Die Fledermaus –  Christmas Gala season

Opera Factory Theatre, 7 Eden Street, Newmarket
11th – 15th December
Tuesday/Wed/Frid & Sat at 7.30pm
Thursday at 6.30pm + 2pm Saturday matinee.

Book:  ITICKET     
Online: or Ph 09 361 1000 (booking fees apply)
Ticket prices:         $35-$45 (senior/group/student/children concessions available)

Producers:  The Opera Factory Trust 
Enquiries:  Ph 09 921 7801 or

Further information 
Group enquiries: Phone 09 921 7801 or Email  

Emma Sloman as Rosalinda
Cameron Barclay as Alfred
Aidan Gill as Gabriel von Eisenstein
Elizabeth Mandeno / Ella Smith sharing Adele
Adam Thompson as Dr Falke
Christie Cook as Prince Orlofsky
Dragan Atanasov as Frank
Alex Milligan as Dr Blind
Jess Graham / Leila Alexander sharing Ida.

Milla Dickens covering Rosalinda
Elisabeth Harris covering Orlovsky
for the 6.30pm Thursday and 2pm Saturday performances.

Stage design by John Eaglen
Lighting by Phillip Dexter
Costumes by Kat Wells