Classic operetta taps into popular
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.