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Re-discover Die Fledermaus (The Bat), the ever-popular opera by Strauss on Sunday, April 17

Toronto, April 6, 2005 — Vienna, lavish celebrations, masquerades, plots, intrigue, dramatic turns of events, surprising developments, impassioned pleas, lovers reconciled, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is the pinnacle of Viennese operettas, a comedy that is sure to transport the audience to a world of flamboyance. Families are invited to enjoy excerpts of Die Fledermaus, the ever-popular opera by Strauss, performed by young singers enrolled in Atelier d’Opéra du Camp Musical des Laurentides. As part of the Music with Bite concert series, Die Fledermaus takes place on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000, or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Die Fledermaus, which has three acts, is about Falke who has been forced by his friend, Eisenstein, to walk through the streets after a masked ball wearing his bat disguise, making him the laughing-stock of the whole town. But Falke gets his revenge! The opera was first performed in Vienna on April 5, 1874. Libretto by C.Haffner and R.Genée, based on Le Réveillon by Meilhac and Halévy (1872). The music of Strauss, the king of waltz, is exuberant, furious, melodic, as bubbly as champagne, and was largely inspired by popular songs of Viennese folkdance. Worthy of the title, the “Queen of Operettas,” Die Fledermaus continues to hold a place of honour on the leading lyrical stages of the world.

The Atelier d’Opéra du Camp Musical des Laurentides was created in the summer of 2001 to provide young singers with an intensive career experience in opera. During brief but concentrated workshops, interns learn how to master a role, both vocally and theatrically. They work intensively with experienced teachers to learn the stagecraft, while enjoying the opportunity to prepare recitals, recordings and auditions. This year, the opera workshop has forged a new partnership with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, one that will enable the most gifted interns to tour various regions of Canada to perform to a wide array of audiences. The opera workshop is under the direction of Louise-Andrée Baril.

Music with Bite is an intimate, refreshing experience; children can sit up close to the artists and after the concert ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre to give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programs. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has, since 1949, dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is co-produced with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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