Clas­sic op­eretta taps into pop­u­lar

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Scott Beg­bie

BAN­ISH all thoughts of shriek­ing opera di­vas ... think Foot­ballers’ Wives in­stead. That’s the ad­vice from so­prano He­len Massey who stars in a fresh take on Die Fle­d­er­maus, Strauss’ clas­sic, friv­o­lous tale of in­fi­delity and mis­taken iden­ti­ties at His Majesty’s Theatre next week. The singer, who plays the maid Adele in this Opera Della Luna pro­duc­tion, said: “The style of the opera com­pany it­self is to make it ac­ces­si­ble to the au­di­ence. “It’s not just about high art, it’s about mak­ing it ap­proach­able and en­joy­able. “The spin we have got on this show is more the Foot­ballers’ Wives style and tap­ping in to that pop­u­lar cul­ture.” Opera Della Luna is on a mis­sion to break down bar­ri­ers sur­round­ing opera and op­eretta. He­len said: “You have this idea of the fat opera singer who stands still and screams from the stage, but re­ally it is noth­ing like that all. “It is highly en­ter­tain­ing, highly skilled, ex­tremely ver­sa­tile and can ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.” So what are Aberdeen au­di­ences in for when Die Fle­d­er­maus flits in to HMT on Mon­day and Tues­day? “You can ex­pect a highly en­ter­tain­ing evening,” said He­len. “It is a mod­ern pro­duc­tion, the set­ting has been brought for­ward so it is very rel­e­vant to the mod­ern day, and all the jokes are rel­e­vant to to­day. “It’s very fizzy, full of en­ergy, lots of life, it’s hi­lar­i­ous ... it’s an ab­so­lute scream as much

BREAK­ING DOWN BAR­RI­ERS: The op­eretta Die Fle­d­er­maus is com­ing to His Majesty’s Theatre.

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