Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”)

Music by Johann Strauss | Sung in German with English dialogue

Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”) is Johann Strauss, Jr’s most enduring piece and a staple in the operatic repertoire. With beautiful melodies such as the “Du und Du” Walz and gems like “Adele’s Laughing Song”, it comes as no surprise.

Opera on the Lake is taking the story out of 19th century Vienna and setting it in the here and now. Get ready to dive into a world of pranks, mistaken identities, and colorful characters sung by cast of international and local opera stars.

We promise, this is a night you will not forget!

July 24, 7:00p.m.
July 26, 7:00p.m.
July 27, 7:00p.m.

Como Lakeside Pavilion
1360 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55103


Rosalinde: Anne Wieben

Gabriel von Eisenstein: Wesley Frye

Adele: Alicia O’Neill

Prince Orlofksy: KrisAnne Weiss

Falke: John Allen Nelson

Alfred: Laurent Kuehnl

Frank: Alex Adams-Leytes

Dr. Blind: Nicholas Nelson

Ida: Maggie Burr

Musical Director: Marcoantonio Real-d’Arbelles


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Welcome to Opera on the Lake

A word from Founder and Creative Director, Anne Wieben:

Welcome to Opera on the Lake! The name says it all: first-rate, world class opera performances in true Minnesota style- on the lake!

I am a Minnesota girl and an alumna of the University of Minnesota. During my time at the U, I decided to study abroad in Vienna, Austria. 15 years later, I am still there, working as a professional opera singer.

In my years as a performer, I’ve been lucky enough to perform on some of Europe’s biggest stages. Yet some of the most exciting productions I’ve ever been a part of were in the most unexpected places: Mozart in a nightclub, a newly composed opera in an old canning factory, operetta at a swimming pool. Opera can happen anywhere, and it is this idea that I want to bring back home to Minnesota in the most Minnesotan way possible; enter Opera on the Lake!

Join us this summer as we present Die Fledermaus, a timeless operetta from Johann Strauß at the beautiful Como Lakeside Pavilion in Saint Paul. We have assembled a fantastic cast of international and local opera stars plus a small chamber orchestra to deliver a fresh, new take on classic opera with a distinctly Minnesotan twist.

See you in July!

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