South High School’s music department is proud to celebrate fifty years of presenting exceptional, full-scale student-performed operas. This year’s opera will be Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. Performances will take place on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road.
To celebrate this milestone, the school is hosting a 50th Opera Gala Celebration to coincide with the Saturday evening performance. There will be a brief ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, which will include a short video about the school’s opera history. After the final bows, alumni will be invited on stage to “perform as one” the Die Fledermaus finale. The performance will be followed by a reception.
South High remains one of the only non-specialized public high schools in the nation with an active opera program. The program was initiated in 1969 by vocal music teacher Diane Martindale, who later served as the school’s music department head.
“Our annual opera productions feature professional sets and costumes, with the intent to provide students with an experience that will deepen their appreciation of this art form,” explains Michael Schwartz, current performing arts department head for South High.
This year’s production of Die Fledermaus will be under the musical direction of Dr. Janine Robinson, conducted by Michael Schwartz, and directed by Robert Stivanello.
Performance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved in advance (suggested) by calling (516) 441-4851, or may be purchased at the door. There will be open seating for both performances.