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Coloratura Victoria Reid will sing the role of Adele on the evenings of April 8th and 9th when Troupers Light Opera performs Johann Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” at the Westport Country Playhouse. There will be four performances in all: Friday April 8th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday April 9th at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sunday April 10th at 2:00. Nancy Sturgis of Weston will be singing the role of Adele in the matinee performances, while Ms. Reid sings at the 8:00 performances.
“Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) is Troupers Light Opera’s first foray outside of Gilbert and Sullivan, after 65 years of performing G&S. It will be performed in English, and features a sparkling modern translation by Quade Winter. The most famous operetta composed by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss the Younger, it opened in Vienna in 1874 and soon earned the admiration of serious composers as well as the general public on both sides of the Atlantic. Its music is similar to that of Arthur Sullivan in its tunefulness and “singability,” but it features polka, waltz, and ballet music that the British composer never included. Even theatergoers unfamiliar with Strauss will recognize the spectacular waltz in the finale of Act II.
Ms. Reid’s role in “Die Fledermaus” requires acting as well as singing, as Adele is a saucy young chambermaid masquerading as a well-born debutante, in an attempt to make her breakthrough as an actress. The role’s high notes and sweeping runs provide Ms. Reid with her most challenging role to date. After appearing as Iolanthe in 2006, Victoria rejoined Troupers last year as Fiametta in “The Gondoliers.” Her other G&S role was no less a personage than the Princess of Monte Carlo in “The Grand Duke” with MIT G&S Players. Under the direction of Bruce Montgomery, Victoria performed “Utopia Ltd.” at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. Victoria has also in Boston’s Public Theatre and with the Penn Singers.
By day, Ms. Reid is a communications instructor at Southern Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Victoria lives in Cheshire with her two Maine Coon cats, Prince and Queenie. She enjoys treasure hunting for antiques and spending time with family. Her favorite part of all time is “Auntie Victoria!”
This will be Troupers’ first performance in the Westport County Playhouse, the landmark theatre dating back to 1931, when a New York theater producer used a 100-year-old tannery to create a Broadway-quality stage. Another first for Troupers is the inclusion of performers from the Ballet Etudes Company in Norwalk. These skilled young dancers will perform to Strauss’s beautiful ballet music in Act II of “Die Fledermaus.”
Troupers will perform “Die Fledermaus” on Friday April 8th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday April 9th at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sunday April 10th at 2:00. For tickets phone (203) 227-4177 or (888) 927-7529, or contact www.trouperslightopera.org or www.westportplayhouse.org.