Opera Camerata presented its performance of Die Fledermaus earlier this week at the historic Suglrave Club in Dupont, bringing a charming, abbreviated rendition of the famous operetta to the District.
Under the gracious patronage of the Ambassador of Monaco, guests enjoyed a swanky champagne reception prior to the performance, enjoying festive bubbly and passed hors d’oeuvres. The Sulgrave Club was decorated for Christmas, adding to the celebratory ambiance honoring Strauss’ masterpiece about an evening of carousing and trickery.
Maestro Stephen Czarkowski conducted the talented Orchestra of Opera Camerata in the intimate space of the Sulgrave Club’s parlor. The cast consisted of José Sacín, Elisabeth Turchi, Pablo Henrich-Lobo, Jaely Chamberlain, Alex Alburqueque, Eduardo Castro, and Michael Ronay. A standing chorus also added to the performance feel, as the operetta was narrated between songs to manage the length of Die Fledermaus with the space of the Sulgrave Club. The chemistry between each performer was palpable and energizing, and the receptive audience laughed and clapped along with the professionals.
Opera Camerata is under the Artistic Direction of Gregory Buchalter with Randall Roe serving as President. This production was produced by Executive Director, Michael J. Reilly who is also the Company founder in 1990.