Melaka, 2nd October 2013 – Philea Resort and Spa is proud to present an enchanting evening of operetta and musical named ‘The Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus)’ on the 2nd of October 2013, 8.30pm to 11.30pm at the resort’s Philea Ballroom.
The opera show was greeted by a 500 strong-crowd, takes audience on a dazzling and entertaining musical theatrical performance.
Since 1990, the Adelaide-based opera company, Co-opera, has been undertaking extensive tours of fully-staged opera productions to regional and remote towns around Australia, and occasionally overseas.
First time in Malaysia, Director Frank Ford A.M. has adapted the popular Strauss operetta “Die Fledermaus”, with its 11 cast members and 9 creative team members, under the title of “The Revenge of the Bat”. Die Flerdemaus by Johann Strauss is a timeless European classic musical comedy in three acts, popular since 1874. This sparkling new production of “Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus)” is a winning match for Co-Opera’s unique, vivacious and irreverent style.
Sung in English, the stage is glamorously decorated according to 1920’s Australia art decoration. Ford has written new dialogue for his new adaptation, and provided a prologue tells the story of how Dr Falke was hideously embarrassed by his best friend Eisenstein, after a drunken masked ball, leaves the Doctor naked in the centre of town with only his mask to cover his crown jewels. This hideous embarrassment in front of the whole town requires revenge! Thus the stage is set for the wonderful music of the Waltz King, Johann Strauss, to lead us on a merry musical chase, with a cast of loveable characters.
The operetta is directed by Frank Ford AM, a freelance writer, director, dramaturg and drama lecturer. He is an author and director of opera, music theatre, cabaret, experimental theatre, modern and classic drama and multi-media productions. His plays, adaptations and cabarets have been performed in Australia and overseas.
Brian Chatterton OAM is the musical director of Die Fledermaus. He has been Musical Director of Co-Opera since its inception in 1990. He was formerly Head of Performing Arts at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, Director of the Elder Conservatorium and Dean of Performing Arts at the University of Adelaide.
The lead role of Eisenstein played by Tasso Bouyessis, an award winning Australian operatic tenor whose vocal repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles which include opera, oratorio, music theatre as well. Other cast members include Sara Lambert as ‘Adele’, Lynette Harris as ‘Rosalinde’, Nicholas Cannon as ‘Dr Falke’, Robert Macfarlane as ‘Prince Orlovsky’, Alberto Abate as ‘Alfredo’, Hew Wagner as ‘Dr Blind’, Rod Schultz as ‘Inspector Frank’, Lisa Cannizzaro as ’Sally’, James Moffat as ‘Frosch the Jailer’ and last but not least, Elanor Brasted as ‘Ida’.
In an effort to continue the spirit of giving, Philea Resort and Spa also invited eight charity homes in Melaka with a total of 130 persons to enjoy the musical show, including Calvary Care Home Melaka; Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna Malaysia Charity and Welfare Association; Salvation Army Melaka; Wings Melaka Early Childhood Intervention Centre; Agape Care Society; Kompleks Anak Yatim Fatimah AL-ZAHARAH (KAYFAZ); Lembaga Pengurusan Kebajikan Anak Yatim dan Miskin (PAYASUM) and Montfort Youth Centre.
The event was graced by the Guest of Honour, the Yang di-Pertua of Melaka, TYT Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob; the Chief Minister of Melaka, YAB Datuk Wira Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj Haron; the Melaka State Secretary, YBhg Datuk Hj. Naim bin Abu Bakar and wife Yang Berbahagia Datin Hajah Rafeah Hanim bt Abdul Wahab; the State Legal Advisor, Yang Berhormat Datuk Meor Hashimi bin Abdul Hamid and wife Yang Berbahagia Datin Elya Juliana bt Abdul Wahab; the Director of Tourism Malaysia Melaka, Encik Jeffri bin Munir; the General Manager of Melaka Tourism Promotion Division, En Abdul Kadir Md Idris; the Directors of Majestic Hotels and Resorts, Dato’ Chua Tiong Moon and wife; and YAB Datuk Yaacob bin Md Amin.
The new production of Die Fledermaus in Malaysia is fully sponsored by the Australian Government and in collaboration with Showtime Asia.