This production was scheduled May 13-14, 2023.

It’s New Year’s Eve and Gabe is being forced to go to jail for insulting the head of New York City’s Port Authority, but he decides to evade jail for one night (without telling his wife!) so that he can attend the hottest disco in Manhattan with his friend Falcon.

That’s the opening premise of OperaSLO’s next production, Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss II’s 1874 masterpiece that time travels to a new century to entice opera lovers and newcomers alike to experience an afternoon of laughs and tomfoolery set to the most famous melodies and Viennese waltzes of all time.

Music director and conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff, stage director Zach Johnson, and choreographer Drew Silvaggio—the team that brought OperaSLO’s productions of South Pacific (2019) and Carousel (2022) to life—join forces again with an acclaimed cast of singers and dancers alongside the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra and Chorus.

They plan to transform Harold Miossi Hall at the Performing Arts Center SLO into San Luis Obispo’s very own Studio 54 during the production’s 1970s-themed disco party that serves as the centerpiece of this comedic operetta sung in English.

Gabe’s plans to enjoy himself will go a bit awry (of course—it’s a comedy!) when Falcon engineers a prank to get revenge on Gabe for playing a similar joke on him in the previous year. Mistaken identities, marvelous music, and hilarious farce all conclude with a happy ending for all.

Performances are Mother’s Day Weekend May 13 and 14 at 2 p.m.