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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
January 28, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Presents Opera "Die Fledermaus"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon's School of Music presents "Die Fledermaus," an opera by Johann Strauss, January 30, 31 and February 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m., in the Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon University campus.

"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) tells of the revenge taken by Dr. Falke on Gabriel von Eisenstein for playing a practical joke on him. The story opens with von Eisenstein in trouble with the law and is sentenced to eight days in jail. Dr. Falke asks von Eisenstein to postpone his surrender to authorities and join him in a party Falke has prepared.

Dorothy Danner is the stage director and has directed more than 150 productions of operettas, musicals and plays throughout the United States, Canada and Belgium. Danner staged operas for many companies including Glimmerglass, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Minnesota, Portland, Houston and Cleveland.

Robert Page, the Paul Mellon Professor of Music and director of choral studies, is the music director of "Die Fledermaus." Page has conducted many U.S. orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Minnesota. In Europe he has conducted at the Metternich Festival, White Nights Festival, opened the Dvorak Festival in 1999 and 2000, and opened the Mikkeli Festival in 2001. He is known on Broadway for his two-piano score to Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella." He has conducted many U.S. regional opera companies as well as Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Jeffrey Tedford and Andres Cladera are the assistant conductors.

The School of Music is one of five schools' within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For tickets call the box office at 412-268-2407. For more information on the School of Music or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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